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North Carolina Department of Transportation Boundary Marker, near the Appalachian Trail at Sams Gap, Madison County, NC, 1996
U.S. 23 North, near Little Creek, Madison County, NC, 2003
Harold Wallin in the pasture above his house, Sprinkle Creek, Madison County, NC, 1997
   
   
   
North Carolina Department of Transportation right-of-way flag indicating the centerline of the proposed I-26, Buckner Gap, Madison County, NC, 1997
North Carolina Department of Transportation Geologist Rick Lockamy identifying points on the map to take core rock samples, Sprinkle Creek, Madison County, NC, 1994

Once he finds the points on the map, he locates them on the ground. Then he drills to various depths and takes rock samples with a hollow stem auger to give the engineers and contractors information they can use to place their bids. 

“It’s hard to believe,” Lockamy says, “that if we were standing in this spot seven years from now we would get flattened by a tractor-trailer.” 	        --Rob Amberg
Grapevine, Sprinkle Creek, Madison County, NC, 1997
   
   
   
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