Presbyterian mission work in the southern appalachian mountain region of Madison County, west of Ashville, North Carolina. Man attaches a skid cart to a horse. A woman climbs in the skid. Man inspects dilapidated buildings. Group of men work at rebuilding and restoring the buildings. One man adjusting a door handle or lock, another man cutting wood with a saw. Storefront of Allanstand Cottage Industries at 16 College Street, Ashville, North Carolina, originally founded by Frances Goodrich. Sign "Allanstand" over the entrance way and the words "Blue Ridge" seen above that. Sign in a window under an awning, "Allanstand - Southern Mountain Handicraft Guild" (which later became the Southern Highland Craft Guild). 1930s era car parked out front of the shop. Pedestrians pass by on the sidewalk in front of the Allanstand Craft Shop. Bearded man rebuilding a stone post beside a driveway or road, with a farm and cows in the background. Another man in business clothing looks on.
Young men and women at an Appalachian industrial school or training school gather around an evergreen tree with a teacher and examine it. One of the school buildings in the background. School students walking on a road near school playground facilities. Children playing basketball in the background. Children cross a wooden bridge and proceed up a hillside path to reach a school building atop a hill. Possibly a facility of the Appalachian Industrial School or the Penland School of Handicrafts which provided skills and training to Appalachian Mountain children.
Man rides horse on dirt road in the southern Appalchian Mountains of western North Carolina or eastern Tennessee. 1930s era car drives past. Group of men working at a slate quarry. Using large sledge hammers, they hammer wedges into crevices and pry up large pieces of slate. A man puts a piece of slate into position for a building project.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
Depicts services of the mission church in the southern appalachians led by Lutheran missionary Kenneth G. Killinger. Map depicting growth of churches in southern Virginia and northern Tennessee and North Carolina, also the Konnarock Training School, and the Iron Mountain Boys' School. View of Killinger driving on mountain roads, into a more rural area, crossing a primitive footbridge and visiting a sick girl in a rural mountain home of Smyth County. He offers to take her to his health clinic since no doctors are local. He carries the girl out to the 1930s sedan that is waiting. View of the girl being carried into the clinic, (possibly located in Smyth County on the Killinger farm in the Mill Stone area, north of Attaway. Possibly the nurse standing by is Ms. M.L. Crosby). The girl smiling in bed in the clinic. Image of a $100 bank check drawn on the First National Bank of Zanesville Ohio. It is made out to the Killinger Mountain Clinic Fund and signed by The Luther League Synod of Ohio.
Delegates of The Pan American Highway Commission visit Chimney Rock Park in Rutherford County's Chimney Rock, North Carolina. View of commission cars and buses on winding mountain road approaching the park. Commission delegates seen climbing the wooden, terraced stairways to the top of the 315 foot Chimney Rock granite monolith. View of the Broad River from atop Chimney Rock, before the dam was built on it by the Morse family of Carolina Mountain Power Company to create Lake Lure. Views of the valleys and mountains near Chimney Rock.