Bryson City, North Carolina: Automotive Riverbank Preservation Wall

Crushed cars were used to make a riverbank in the 1960s, and they're still there.
Address:
US Hwy. 19, Bryson City, NC
Directions:
Highway 19 between Cherokee and Bryson City. Park in the small lot right next to the south side of the bridge. You can either admire the cars by looking straight down, or walk very carefully walk out onto the bridge for a panoramic view.
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Automotive Riverbank Preservation Wall

This can also be seen via train run by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

[K Wimbush, 07/24/2012]
Crushed cars. Automotive Riverbank Preservation Wall

In the 1960s in order to prevent riverbank erosion stacks of crushed cars were placed in the riverbank. These cars are still there, creating a bizarre sight. It is in a public area and there is a pull-off right next to it.

[Jacob Krejci, 09/14/2007]

They've achieved a lovely effect, though this is probably not a practice unique to Bryson City. Or is it? Sept 15, 2007: John Kaminski notes the practice is not so unique. "South of Cleveland along the Cuyahoga River a similar structure was once in place. It was more of a Carhenge riverbank with the cars nose down in the river. It was removed in 1991."

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