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The few clues of the Northern Durham Parkway

Sometimes when you look through a box of maps for the first time in five years, you come across something you may have easily over looked.  Such was the case when I found a 2004 (so rather recent) map of Raleigh.  This map was made by the Dolph Map Company for WakeMed.  In the Northwestern corner of Wake County, there were two items to the map showing roads that are still not in existence 13 years later.

The road is the Northern Durham Parkway - this is a proposed 19 mile highway from US 501 north of Durham to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.  The first proposals for this highway date back to 1967 when Eno Drive-Gorman Road was listed on the Durham Area Thoroughfare Plan. (1)  Other proposals called the highway the Northwest and Northeast Durham Loop. (2)  The route would serve as a northern and eastern bypass of Durham almost serving as a near loop.  The route was fought vigorously for three decades by the Eno River Association citing concerns for the the Eno River, nearby n…

Return to Sequoia National Park and the Generals Highway

On the 29th I finally was able to make a return trip to Sequoia National Park via California State Route 198 and the Generals Highway.  The Generals Highway is a personal favorite of mine and in my opinion is one of the best engineering gems of the National Park Service.  I covered the history of the Generals Highway on AAroads.com net forum after consulting the curator for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks which can be found here on reply #7:

Generals Highway History

I also covered the precursor road to Sequoia National Park which was known as the Colony Mill Road which can be found here:

Colony Mill Road

Essentially the abridged version of access to Sequoia National Park is as follows:

 -  Either in 1895 or 1896 there was a Danish socialist commune that was set up along the North Fork Kaweah River.  Apparently there was at least two town sites in what was known as the Kaweah Cooperative Colony; Arcady (now known as Kaweah) and Advance. 
-  Starting in 1896 the first 18 mil…