Gaps in the Story

Gaps in the Story (HM2H5X)

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N 38° 40.512', W 78° 20.066'

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Shenandoah National Park

Imagine it's 1740. You're traveling west, and you've arrived at this point on Pass Mountain. You have to cross that next mountain on the other side of the valley, and there are no roads to guide you. Where will you cross? Most people would choose the gap, or low spot in the mountain, you see about 16 miles off in the distance. Called New Market Gap today, that natural passageway makes traveling from one side of the mountain to the other easier, faster, and cheaper, even today. Look at your Park map. How many gaps can you find in Shenandoah? Consider how many people have traveled across those places through the centuries.
You Are Here (marker background image caption) Looking back at Shenandoah National Park from New Market Gap (west), you can see the notch of Thornton Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the first obstacle westward travelers had to overcome on their way from the east to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.
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HM NumberHM2H5X
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 731886 N 4284106
Decimal Degrees38.67520000, -78.33443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.512', W 78° 20.066'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 30.72" N, 78° 20' 3.9599999999999" W
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