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In 1951, Chester Dziengielewski, a machinist from Naugatuck, Connecticut, was the first person to successfully hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season in a southbound direction. On September 20, he stopped in Galax, Virginia on his way through Southwestern Virginia and was interviewed by a reporter from the Galax Gazette.

The story, pictured here, describes his experiences along the trail and his meeting with Gene Espy, who was hiking northbound that same summer. Two other hikers were also attempting a southbound thru hike that summer -- Martin Papendick, a World War II veteran from Michigan, and Bill Hall, a teenager from Ohio. Papendick also passed through Galax a few weeks later, but Hall skipped the section between Roanoke and Damascus because he was running short of funds and time.


Date:

09/20/1951

Creator:

Galax Gazette

Subject

Lost Appalachian Trail

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Newspaper

Source:

Gene Espy

Rights

All rights reserved

Citation

Galax Gazette, “Chester Dziengielewski Passes Through Galax (1951),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed November 18, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/982.

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