National Geographic : 1934 Jun
WILD GARDENS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS WEST VIRGINIA'S NEW CAPITOL NESTLES AMID THE ALLEGHENIES As the motorist approaches Charleston on the Midland Trail and rounds the nose of a ridge, this stately structure suddenly stands revealed in all its grandeur. Designed by Cass Gilbert, it takes the place of a predecessor, burnt in 1921. The gilded dome sparkles high above the Kanawha River. DO YOU LOOK FOR BEAUTY? THEN GO UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS! The new Skyline Drive, now being extended along the tops of mountains, will link these two national parks of the East, the Shenandoah and Great Smoky. For 500 miles it winds through such scenes in western North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. State highways lead off to the South's sacred shrines.