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Near Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

With a Brush of a Comet's Tail

Blue Ridge Parkway

 
 
With a Brush of a Comet's Tail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 6, 2019
1. With a Brush of a Comet's Tail Marker
Inscription.  The Blue Ridge Parkway is a collection of diverse and inspiring places. The 469-mile road links Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like a long beautiful ribbon connecting distinctive gems, the Parkway joins high mountain peaks to deep gorges, Appalachian culture to modern visitors, and rural landscapes to isolated wilderness. Carrying 17 million visitors each year, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited National Park Service area in America.

"I can't imagine a more creative job than locating the Blue Ridge Parkway, because you worked with a ten league canvas and a brush of a comet's tail. Moss and lichens collecting on the shake roof of a Mabry Mill measure against huge panoramas that look out forever."
—Stanley Abbott, Architect of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers graded slopes, planted trees, shrubs, and grasses, and built guardrails, guard walls, and overlooks.

Italian stone masons built many bridges along the Parkway.

In order to preserve Grandfather Mountain’s fragile environment, engineers designed the Linn Cove Viaduct, a suspended
Marker detail: Stanley Abbott image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Stanley Abbott
The Blue Ridge Parkway's visionary and first landscape architect, Stanley Abbott, designed the Parkway to blend into its natural surroundings and reveal the charm of the American countryside.
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section of the Parkway.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational AreasRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series lists.
 
Location. 35° 31.115′ N, 83° 17.311′ W. Marker is near Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 467.9), 1.2 miles north of U.S. 441, on the left when traveling north. Marker is mounted on a triangular kiosk located at the Blue Ridge Parkway Raven Fork Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherokee Homeland (here, next to this marker); Blacksmith Shop (approx. one mile away); Mountain Farm Museum (approx. one mile away); Corn Cribs (approx. one mile away); Sorghum Mill and Furnace (approx. one mile away); Fish Tales (approx. one mile away); Cut and Run (approx. one mile away); The Meathouse (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Also see . . .  Stanley Abbott. When he was appointed to
With a Brush of a Comet's Tail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 6, 2019
3. With a Brush of a Comet's Tail Marker
(Blue Ridge Parkway in background)
oversee the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Abbott was already well-known in the small circle of landscape architect professionals. He gave landscape work his highest priority when prioritizing the maintenance projects of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps camp workers. Abbott found in Harold Ickes and others associated with the parkway design an opportunity to extend his vision of an environmentally sensitive design plan that would preserve the cultural history found along the parkway route. (Submitted on May 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on May 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on May 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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