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Big Island in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge

 
 
Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 15, 2016
1. Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
His vision, political acumen and perseverance
on behalf of the Virginians he represented and the nation
as a whole resulted in the world’s first rural National Parkway
– The Blue Ridge Parkway -

Dedicated September   1985

 
Erected 1985.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1985.
 
Location. 37° 33.321′ N, 79° 21.956′ W. Marker is in Big Island, Virginia, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 64), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located near the James River Visitor Center (MP 63.6), on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Island VA 24526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James River (a few steps from this marker); A Transportation Corridor (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Creek Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Gap
Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 15, 2016
2. Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battery Creek Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); A Lock Canal / A Lift Lock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lock Gate (about 500 feet away); The Courage Of Frank Padget (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Island.
 
Marker on the Blue Ridge Parkway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 15, 2016
3. Marker on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 15, 2016
4. Harry F. Byrd Memorial Bridge
Harry Flood Byrd image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, December 2, 2015
5. Harry Flood Byrd
This painting of Harry Flood Byrd (1887–1966) by John Slavin hangs in the Virginia Capitol Building in Richmond, Virginia.

“Harry F. Byrd served as a Virginia state senator (1915–1925), governor (1926–1930), and United States senator (1933–1965), was the father of a U.S. senator, and for forty years led the Democratic political machine known as the Byrd Organization. By virtue of both his service and power, he was one of the most prominent Virginians of the twentieth century. But much of that power was wielded in mostly vain opposition to the New Deal's big-government programs and the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. As governor he instituted a popular downsizing of state government that increased efficiency, but the end of his career was marked by his now-infamous ‘massive resistance’ to federally mandated school desegregation.” — Encyclopedia of Virginia
Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
David Haas - Library of Congress
6. Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge
“View of the underslung pedestrian bridge which provides access between the James River Visitor Center and the James River and Kanawha Canal. View is facing west-southwest.” – Library of Congress
Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne
7. Harry Flood Byrd Memorial Bridge
"This 1,040 prestressed concrete girder bridge, built in 1959, is the longest of its type on the parkway." – Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on October 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on October 17, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Oct. 2, 2022