Superintendent discusses Blue Ridge Parkway future

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway wants people to know about the parkway's future and its economic impact in North Carolina.

Superintendent Phil Francis will discuss those subjects at an event on Wednesday at the state Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development in downtown Raleigh as part of the celebration of the parkway's 75th anniversary.

Construction of the first 12.5-mile section of the parkway began Sept. 11, 1935, near Cumberland Knob in North Carolina with work beginning in Virginia the following February. It was named the Blue Ridge Parkway in June 1936 when Congress formally authorized its establishment and placed it under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.

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