Through the Gaps

Through the Gaps (HM8K4)

Location: Luray, VA 22835 Page County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 40.505', W 78° 20.064'

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In the valley below, Highway 211 snakes its way through the town of Luray and connects Thornton Gap, 1/2 mile to your left on Skyline Drive, with New Market Gap, the low point in distant Massanutten Mountain. Luray and Route 211 illustrate how mountain gaps have often determined townsite locations and travel routes.

Imagine yourself 300 years ago pushing west across Virginia's wilderness. Ahead, an imposing north-south wall of Blue Ridge Mountains blocks your path. Where do you cross? Like all travelers, you choose a low spot, or "gap," in the mountain wall. Now you look ahead again, there stands yet another wall. Your path across the intervening valley leads you to the next inviting gap. Over time, others follow and a gap-connecting travel route grows.

Towns like Luray often evolved near gaps as logical marketplaces where cross-mountain roads intersected north-south valley roads.

From Indian footpaths to modern highways, mountain gaps have controlled human movement and settlement.
HM NumberHM8K4
Placed ByShenandoah National Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:43pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 731889 N 4284093
Decimal Degrees38.67508333, -78.33440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.505', W 78° 20.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 30.30" N, 78° 20' 3.84" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 151 Pass Mountain Overlook, Luray VA 22835, US
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