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Near Laurel Springs in Alleghany County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Robert Lee Doughton

 
 
Robert Lee Doughton Historical Marker Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2009
1. Robert Lee Doughton Historical Marker Marker
Inscription. Robert Lee Doughton, for whom Doughton Park is named, was born in Alleghany County, North Carolina, November 7, 1863. An original and leading advocate of the establishment and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives 1911-1953, Chairman of its Committee on Ways and Means 1933-1947 and 1949-1953.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway marker series.
 
Location. 36° 25.813′ N, 81° 10.517′ W. Marker is near Laurel Springs, North Carolina, in Alleghany County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 241). Touch for map. Marker is located at the parking lot for Wildcat Overlook just past the Doughton Park Picnic area and Bluffs Lodge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45338 Blue Ridge Parkway, Laurel Springs NC 28644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Brinegar Family (approx. 1.8 miles away); Brinegar Cabin (approx. 1.8 miles away); Making Linsey-Woolsey (approx. 1.8 miles away); A Mountain Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now
Basin Cove Overlook, Doughton Park image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2009
2. Basin Cove Overlook, Doughton Park
Overlook into Basin Cove, site of the Caudill Family Homestead.
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Robert L. Doughton (approx. 5.1 miles away); Rufus A. Doughton (approx. 6 miles away); Ore Knob Mine (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
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1. Robert L. Doughton (1863-1954).
Doughton’s political support for the New Deal seemed at odds with his personal beliefs. He personally opposed policies like the pro-union Wagner Act. Yet he allowed New Deal legislation like the National Industrial Recovery Act and the Social Security Act to pass through his committee unchallenged. This was partly due to his admiration for FDR; he once claimed, “The President is the finest man to work [with] I ever saw.” Doughton is credited with writing the country’s first social security law. Doughton retired from Congress in 1952. He died October 1, 1954, in Laurel Springs. His name lives on in Doughton Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Doughton Park - Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway. This area has one of the Parkway’s larger campgrounds, a popular picnic area and more than 30 miles of hiking trails that access forested slopes, streams and backcountry in Basin Cove.
Bluff Mountain Morning Sky, Doughton Park image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2009
3. Bluff Mountain Morning Sky, Doughton Park
View of Bluff Mountain in the early morning summer sunshine. Just smell that cool, clean mountain air!
The Cove is popular for fly-fishing, horseback riding (Grassy Gap Fire Road) and backcountry camping. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Caudill Family Cabin & Homestead.
The Caudill cabin is in the clearing 1500 feet below Wildcat Rock Overlook. When the cabin was built in the late 1800's, the nearest town was Absher which was 8 miles away. There is no road to the cabin. If you want to visit the Caudill cabin you will have to hike the 3.5 mile footpath that crosses the Basin Creek a dozen times. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Bluff Mountain & Bluffs Lodge in the Early Morning Sunshine image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 3, 2009
4. Bluff Mountain & Bluffs Lodge in the Early Morning Sunshine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,462 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on December 23, 2015, by Benny Hayslett of Shelby, North Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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