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Description:

Earl Shaffer at the conclusion of his thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in the summer of 1948. Although some have disputed his claim to have hiked the entire trail that summer, accusing him of skipping sections or hitching rides in cars, Shaffer is still widely considered to be the first "thru hiker" of the Appalachian Trail.

Collection:

Hikers


Date:

10/27/1948

Creator:

Unknown hiker

Subject

Hikers

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Color photograph

Source:

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History

Rights

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History. Used under a creative commons license.

Citation

Unknown hiker, “Earl Shaffer at Katahdin,” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed February 22, 2018, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/467.

Geolocation

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