Appalachian Trail Histories

These two children from Old Rag, in the Shenandoah National Park, demonstrate that not all children of the mountain communities went barefoot.

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Barefoot mountain family with remnants of cornstalks in the front yard and evidence of steep, difficult farmland in the back.

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Migrant family of farmers from Texas with six children living near surviving near Wasco, California by learning to "sleep late and eat little."


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


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


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


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


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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