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If You Build It: 1925

If You Build It: 1925

Somewhere in Virginia circa 1925. "Lee Highway Association." One of the many organizations promoting inter-city and regional highway construction in the 1920s. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Tar and Chip

Looks like the typical tar and chip type road construction of the day. My father was a laborer for the Pennsylvania Highway Commission and helped build many of these back in the mid thirties for .50 cents an hour.

New Market Gap

It's been years since I've crossed the Gap so I looked on Google Earth to see if I could locate the rock formation. So far I can't find anything remotely resembling that in the photo on either side even allowing for changes in the road since the twenties. Such rock formations are common in the Massanutten, Blue Ridge and Allegheny Front and it will take someone with more time on their hands than me to find it. (Although I may try anyway). Then again, I may have missed it. At any rate, if it's there it would almost have to be on the Luray side. I don't know about 211 being called the Lee Highway, but I do know for sure that the official name for US 11 that runs the length of the Shenandoah is the Lee Highway. It turns into the Molly Pitcher Highway in Pennsylvania. I use it way more than I-81 when traveling through the area. More scenic and safer. By the way, I see that Dan's Steakhouse is still there on 211. I ate there 30 years ago and it was great. It's good to see that it's still there. I wonder if the food is still good?

Lee Highway

South of the Mason & Dixon Line, US 11 was known as the Lee Highway. The many sections now paralelling interstate highways still carry the Lee Highway denotation.

US 211 Just East of New Market

I'm pretty sure this is on US 211 heading up the Luray Side of New Market Gap. 211 is known as Lee Hwy in those parts.

Lincoln Highway?

No, that name is already taken.

The Car

A Lincoln.

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