Guarding the Past Historical

Guarding the Past Historical (HM1TB4)

Location: Stanley, VA 22851
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 32.217', W 78° 25.168'

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Shenandoah National Park

"In the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures."   Frank Gehry, architectHistoric preservation honors and saves our past. Preservation, both natural and cultural, is a mission and mandate of the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS is obligated to preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and reconstruct the objects that link us to bygone times and our heritage - furnishings, buildings, even guardrails.When Skyline Drive was built in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed barriers at the edges of the road and overlooks. Here at Franklin Cliffs, CCC workers laid a log guardrail. Because it had rotted, the log guardrail was removed in the 1950s. In 2009, as part of a historic preservation project for Skyline Drive, log guardrails were rebuilt along 11 miles of the scenic highway, including here at Franklin Cliffs Overlook. < Sidebar : >Changing GuardsArchitects used various materials, including stone walls and log guardrails, to protect motorists from Skyline Drive's steep slopes. Original log guardrails were made from the wood of the American chestnut tree.Franklin Cliffs Overlook had no safety barrier after the original guardrail was removed in the 1950s. In 2009 the log guardrail was rebuilt to adhere to
current safety standards and to recapture the original 1930s look.
HM NumberHM1TB4
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 724919 N 4268550
Decimal Degrees38.53695000, -78.41946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.217', W 78° 25.168'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 13.02" N, 78° 25' 10.08" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Skyline Dr, Stanley VA 22851, US
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