My wife and I last week spent time on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile scenic road along the spine of the eastern Appalachians in the states of North Carolina and Virginia. We did not set out to drive the whole parkway, especially wanting to avoid the congestion of the approach to the southern terminus at Cherokee, NC. So we spent our first night in Waynesville, NC, and started our parkway ride near there.
The Blue Ridge Parkway was begun in 1935, another of the New Deal's projects to put Americans back to work during the depression. Construction long outlasted the depression, however. The last section was opened in 1987 with the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct. There will be more about the viaduct later.
I haven't found any data on what it cost to build the parkway, but I'm sure it was very expensive. During the 3 days we spent on the parkway we saw thousands of people, riding in cars or on motorcycles; buying food, souvenirs and gasoline along the way; and staying in resorts, cabins, campgrounds, and hotels. The Parkway is a 469-mile-long economic engine that supports both private businesses and, through taxes, local governments. The American people are getting a great return on their investment!
Please come back tomorrow; there will be more.