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Description:

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail headed northbound reached the New River at Byllesby Dam, one of several hydroelectric dams built by the Appalachian Power Company in the early 20th century. Byllesby Dam was completed in 1912, and continues in operation today. From the dam, hikers turned south (upstream) along the river, roughly following the railroad line that ended at the town of Fries, site of another of the Appalachian Power Company dams. Just before reaching Fries, hikers turned aside to Dixon's Ferry, where they took a flat bottomed ferry boat across the river and then headed up the ridge toward the town of Galax.


Date:

c. 1912

Creator:

Unknown

Subject

Lost Appalachian Trail

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Black and white photograph

Rights

All rights reserved

Citation

Unknown, “Byllesby Dam (1912),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed September 20, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/930.

Geolocation

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