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Valley: Skyline Drive designated National Historic Landmark

Story by Chris Graham

The Skyline Drive has been given the designation of National Historic Landmark by U.S. Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

“This designation reminds Virginians of what an extraordinary national treasure we have in the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, that portion of the road extending beyond Shenandoah National Park,” Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said of the news, which was announced on Monday. “What better time for this honor to arrive than in October, when autumn colors along the roadway are at their peak, attracting visitors from around the state and nation to Skyline Drive’s vistas,” Kaine said.

The 105-mile roadway winds through Shenandoah National Park along the crests of the Blue Ridge between Front Royal and Waynesboro. Construction on the roadway began in 1931 and became a staple of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.