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Correspondence: James E. Walker to Zebulon Weaver, January 17, 1925

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  • Zebulon Weaver (1872-1948) was a lawyer and U.S. Representative from western North Carolina. He was a member of the North Carolina Park Commission and was involved in the land acquisition process that went towards establishment of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway. In this letter from James E. Walker to Zebulon Weaver, Walker proposes that the Committee charged with the establishment of the National Park consider the inclusion of the Balsam Range within the Park.
  • JAS. E- WALKER, President CABLE ADDRESS: Blackwood-Sylvancar CODE: Universal 2nd-3rd Edition JOSEPH KEYS, Vice Preside N.M. D AVI SON, Secy &Tbeas lackwood Lumber Qg Manufacturers Hardwood Lumber Virginia Office: ROANOKE, VIRGINIA Telegraph Expres SYLVA, N East LaPorte, N. C. January 17, 1925 Honorable Zebulon Weaver, Member of Congress, Washington, D. C. My dear Mr. Weaver: I have not kept up in detail with the Committee having in charge the establishment of a National Park, consequently, I do not know whether the location has been decided as to North Carolina or Virginia. It bought perhaps it would not be amiss to write you concerning this section as, possibly if brought to their attention in the proper manner, it should be bound to receive consideration. I speak of the Balsam Range, where you have a continuous run of possibly twenty miles, from five-thousand to sixty-five hundred feet elevation, with water falls, splendid scenery of every kind and where the Government already owns the Vanderbilt Park. 3rii Uaroliiia Uiiiversitij Hunter Librdurvi At your convenience, I would be pleased to hear from you as to the present status of the matter and if there is any remote chance of this section. Yours very truly, il^ouUt tbfs, All Ordiis and Contracts Are Taken Subject To the Approval of the Home Office, and Are Conditional Upon Strikes, Fire, Floods, INABILITY TO SECURE CARS, and Other Causes Beyond Our Control. All Quotations Are Subject To Prior Sale. Right Reserved To Correct Stenographic Errors,