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Near Ewing in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Generations Have Enjoyed this View

 
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
1. Generations Have Enjoyed this View Marker
Inscription. I cannot conceive of anyone passing this way who will not avail himself of taking this trail to the top of Pinnacle Mountain...there will be many pilgrimages...[to] this historic spot... The beauty of the mountains, the spirit of the pioneer and the patriotic fervor have a unity of appeal found nowhere else in America.
Myers Cooper, Governor of Ohio, at the dedication of Skyland Highway, June 4, 1929

Pinnacle Mountain's Skyland Highway paved the way to create a National Park.

Called "an engineering marvel" when it first opened in 1929, Skyland Highway provided an easy drive to stunning views.

Sightseers in the 1930s climbed a wooden platform to enjoy what the Sky Land Company called "the Garden of Gazes."

In the late 1940s widespread support for a national park at Cumberland Gap steadily grew as vacation travel boomed after World War II.

From the 1890s on, nearby Chimney Rock was a popular day-trip destination for excursionists coming up from Middlesboro.

The Dixie Highway
In the early 20th century vacationers wanted to "see America first" - by car. Motor enthusiasts joined clubs like the Dixie Highway Association. From 1915 to 1927, the Association encouraged states to pave a system of roads so that motorists could drive all the way from Ontario south to Miami. The
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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Marker beside the Trail
Dixie Highway introduced tens of thousands of travelers from across the nation to Cumberland Gap.
 
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.327′ N, 83° 40.036′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the Pinnacle Overlook trail in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ewing VA 24248, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Maze of Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Powell's Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Named for a British Lord (within shouting distance of this marker); Boundaries Settled (within shouting distance of this marker); "This American Gibraltar" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line in Kentucky); Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (about 400 feet away in Kentucky); Pinnacle Overlook (about 400 feet away in Kentucky); Iron Furnace (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ewing.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
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By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
3. Generations Have Enjoyed this View Marker
(Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
4. Chimney Rock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 508 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   2. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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