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On July 5, 1951, Gene Espy passed through Galax, Virginia on his way north from Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia. Espy, from Cordele, Georgia, was the second person to successfully hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season.

This story, from theĀ Galax GazetteĀ is particularly interesting for the discomfort of the reporter with Espy's beard. In 1951, a bearded man was often suspected of being either a vagabond or a communist. In his book about that 1951 hike, Espy describes several times when he was misunderstood because of that beard.


Date:

07/05/1951

Creator:

Galax Gazette

Subject

Lost Appalachian Trail

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Newspaper

Source:

Galax Gazette

Rights

All rights reserved

Citation

Galax Gazette, “Gene Espy Passes Through Galax (1951),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed November 18, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/983.

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