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The Colonial Parkway Murders: Part One

Guest: Bill Thomas, brother of victim Cathy Thomas

  • Construction stretched over twenty-six years through the Depression, World War II, and funding shortages.
  • The Parkway allows for a stress-free drive from Yorktown to Jamestown that avoids the regular traffic
  • The parkway is made of stone pavement to give the feel of old-timey highways
  • The parkway connects Virginia's historic triangle: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.
  • The parkway runs along the York River and millions of cars travel this route each year.
  • The parkway was built to resemble highways of the past so the two-lane river-gravel road doesn't have any line-markings.
  • The parkway is only two lanes with a center lane for passing and the maximum speed limit is a mere 45 miles per hour
  • Although the park closes at sunset the parkway stays open to traffic
  • Construction began in the spring of 1931  in Williamsburg.
  • The parkway construction was hit with delays from the start.
  • There were design and routing conflicts. Limited funding due to the Great Depression and World War II stretched construction over a 26-year period.
  • The parkway was not completed until 1955 but is considered an architectural success as the design was meant to fit seamlessly in to the natural and historical beauty of Virginia.
  • Roadtrippers.com, says the Parkway is America’s Most Calming Scenic Drive, with it’s “mostly lined with trees that block any views of modern society”

Sources:https://wtkr.com/2009/09/22/sensitive-fbi-photos-from-colonial-parkway-murders-leaked-to-the-public/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Parkway_murders

https://www.facebook.com/ColonialParkwayCase/posts/tips-in-the-colonial-parkway-murderswe-have-received-several-new-tips-in-the-col/1977438505834707/

Anyone with information can e-mail it to colonial_parkway_murders@ic.fbi.gov.

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