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This is a picture of Bill Irwin, a blind man who hiked the AT.

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It was noted that "negroes" began to appear in Shenandoah National Park in the late 1930's

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Shows the legal status in each state

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Benton MacKaye, who was first to propose the Appalachian Trail, poses for a photo along the Trail near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 24, 1933.

Collection: Builders
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Inside of the slate company mill operation with several workers. Monson slate is considered to be a fine quality because of the black color.

Collection: Monson, Maine
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This is a newly developed wheelchair designed for rougher terrain. It has allowed many to take their chairs into nature without needing pavement, allowing more people to hike the AT as well.

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Leg braces have been designed to help those who are paralyzed be able to walk, increasing the opportunities for accessibility on the trail.

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Harnessed dog with hiking pack

Collection: Pets on the AT

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Family with dog at Appalachian Trail Conservancy's visitor center

Collection: Pets on the AT
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Robert Taylor becomes the first African American to Thru Hike both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails

Collection: Hikers
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