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Children, one with skeletal symptoms of rickets, stand on a porch near Wadesboro, N.C.

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A Nicholson Hollow church's cornerstone reveals the state of some Shenandoah Mountain buildings

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According to the Resettlement Administration's photographer, this girl of about sixteen had the mentality of a child of seven.

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A mentally challenged boy from Corbin Hollow stares back at the camera.

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The little brown bats are one of the bat species that are being threatened by a fungus known as White-Nose Syndrome. Before they were affected by the fungus, they used to be one of the most common bat species that lived on the north east of United States. But now their population is causing them to be endangered and are being threatened into extinction.

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Fallen tree after a storm on Mount Washington in New Hampshire

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Rahawa Haile proudly stands atop Mt. Katahdin after completing her thru hike of the Appalachian Trail

Collection: Hikers
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Cornstalks sit in the yard of this Appalachian home- a reminder of the corn-based diet of the majority of mountain residents.

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Many animal species live on the Appalachian Trail. Many of them are being threatened or endangered due to many reasons, such as human impact, climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution.

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At least 8,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park burned in mid-April of 2016. The blazes were so large that they could be captured on satellite imagery, and the smoke plumes could be seen for hundreds of miles in every direction.

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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, June 30 1989. Ken "MN Slow Foot" Erickson and Jason "Crud" Majerski are wearing different hiking styles, one is in denim and the other is not

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, June 15 1989. They are wearing all sportswear.

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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