In the course of researching and writing my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the following are 10 key things I learned:
1. Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935.
2. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps did much of the landscaping and construction cleanup along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
3. The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are divided into a number of sub-ranges including the Black Mountains, the Great Balsams, and the Plott Balsams.
4. The area in the southwestern corner of North Carolina is known as the Snowbird Mountains.
5. The Nantahala National Forest covers 500,000 acres.
6. The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness contains 13,000 acres in the Snowbirds area.
7. More than 100 species of trees are found in the old-growth forest in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.
8. Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway was completed in 1967 except for the “missing link” on Grandfather Mountain.
9. The Linn Cove Viaduct — a quarter-mile long engineering marvel that hugs Grandfather Mountain — completed the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1987.
10. Linville Gorge Wilderness covers nearly 12,000 acres in Burke County, North Carolina.
Want to learn more? Look for my vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It can be purchased from Amazon.com or perhaps at your local bookstore.