Near Linville in Avery County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Linn Cove Viaduct
Computer technology enabled engineers to design and construct this geometrically complex structure. The technique used in building the viaduct allowed the rugged terrain and the forest of this ancient mountain to be preserved. Conventional construction methods would have obliterated Linn Cove's massive boulder field and severely altered the steep mountain profile.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Linville NC 28646, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen Tyng Mather (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andre Michaux (approx. 1.8 miles away); Asa Gray (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Woman of War (approx. 4.6 miles away); Banner Elk (approx. 5˝ miles away); Julian Price Memorial Park (approx. 5.6 miles away); Old Lake Bed (approx. 5.9 miles away); Shepherd M. Dugger (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linville.
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1. History of the Linn Cove Viaduct. As the last piece of the Parkway to be completed, the Linn Cove Viaduct was a peak of Parkway engineering and environmental protection. Completed in 1983 at a cost of almost $10 million, the Linn Cove Viaduct is 1,243 feet long and contains 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. The American Society of Civil Engineers designated it a National Civil Engineering Landmark. (Submitted on May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Linn Cove Viaduct - Final Link of the Parkway. This seven-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway – once the Parkway’s missing link – was completed in 1987. It was delayed for twenty years as environmentalists, adjacent landowners, engineers, and architects sought a design that would preserve and protect the fragile habitat of adjacent Grandfather Mountain. (Submitted on May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.