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A little history of a Virginia portion of US 250.

The Raptor.

The Raptor.

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Though this old photo was taken 100 years ago, the story of the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike goes back much further. In the 1830s, the famous French engineer Claudius Crozet (who had served under Napoleon) was given the formidable task of building a road to connect the central Shenandoah Valley with the Ohio River. Construction continued through the 1840s and eventually this superhighway stretched 234 miles across multiple mountains and waterways. Originally, the turnpike was supposed to rise no more than four feet in elevation for every 100 feet of road. As evidenced in these photos, it was a feat even the accomplished Crozet found unachievable--though he ardently tried. In an effort to minimize steep slopes, several switchbacks were required. These photos show a particularly sharp bend on the western slope of Shenandoah Mountain in Highland County. The 1920 picture shows three early automobiles making the arduous climb up the macadamized road from Head Waters to the Augusta County line. A century later, this hairpin turn still exists on Route 250 though the paved road makes for a smoother ride. Guardrails and tree growth also combine to make the steep slope less harrowing. #FBF #VDOT
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A little history of a Virginia portion of US 250. 

The Raptor.

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Really great video from Good Morning Amercia of some wonderful places in Almost Heaven... West Virginia. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pretty much. We do have a few bad apples but we don't like em either... ... See MoreSee Less

Pretty much. We do have a few bad apples but we dont like em either...

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Could it b as they live at the base of a mountain and have been classified as “ over the hill now” maybe!

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Unloaded the Backroads WV merchandise trailer this week for the winter. Got a killer deal on $30 Talon sweatshirts for $22.50, plus till the end of the month a free poker chip and sticker. And as always 2021 Freeman maps. ... See MoreSee Less

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Could I ask a HUGE favor? Can I get folks to PLEASE SHARE THIS PROMOTION? Facebook has changed its algorithm and unless we pay to boost our posts they get no exposure.

Till the end of the month any clothing purchase off the website includes a corresponding free poker chip and Backroads WV stickers and as always, free 2021 Freeman maps.

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3 days ago
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Exploring New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, the US' newest national parkThe view from the bridge is just one of the many things that the Mountain State has to offer. ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosAnyone else feel an excitement in the cool fall breeze? Tune in to Good Morning America tomorrow, 10/22 at 8 a.m. to see a familiar spot take center stage.

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πŸ“: New River Gorge National Park & Preserve
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