The Henry Blackwell Photographs consist of 44 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 black and white negatives, and 44 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 black and white contact prints. The negatives and contact prints focus on the August 13, 1940 flood on the Linville River Railroad (LRR), a narrow gauge railroad which ran from Pineola, North Carolina to Cranberry, North Carolina. LRR was part of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. The August 1940 flood washed away track and bridges and helped hasten the abandonment of LRR. Shortly The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC granted permission to abandon the line on March 22, 1941.
The negatives and prints depict washed out track, creek beds along the LRR line, abandoned track and similar scenes relating to the flood.
The negatives and contact prints were assigned Appalachian Photographic Archives numbers, 986 through 1029, which correspond with items 1 through 44 in the Blackwell Collection. The negatives and contact prints are arranged accoridng to these numbers.
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
The Henry Blackwell Photographs were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on August 9, 1982 by Henry Blackwell, Johnson City, Tennessee.
Marie Tedesco completed processing and the photographs were opened for research in August 1982.