"It all started 75 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression," writes Joe Tennis with the Bristol Herald Courier in SW Virginia and eastern Tennessee.
"Right on the North Carolina-Virginia border, the ground broke on Sept. 11, 1935 to build the Blue Ridge Parkway on the state line at Cumberland Knob.
"But this was not like other roads, built simply for transportation. This was a ridge-top ride made to cruise – with views.
" 'The parkway is a road that’s designed to be an experience,' said Cara Ellen Modisett. ..."