Backpack used by Earl Shaffer while hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail

Backpack used by Earl Shaffer while hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail

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Description (Brief)
Green canvas backpack with two green straps with metal buckles and a metal back support. This was used by the donor, Earl Shaffer, during his hike of the length of the Appalachian Trail in 1948. This was the first of three times Shaffer walked the entire length of the 2,180 miles of the Trail. He hiked through again in 1965 and 1998. The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, traveling through fourteen states along the Appalachian mountain range from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern end in Katahdin, Maine.
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Object Name
backpack, hiking
Date made
Shaffer, Earl V.
Physical Description
fabric, canvas (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 20.5 cm x 46 cm x 54.5 cm; 8 1/16 in x 18 1/8 in x 21 7/16 in
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catalog number
Credit Line
Earl V. Shaffer
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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