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Going Up?

The other day, while doing a little light reading in the North Carolina Department of Labor Report from July 1, 1938 to June 30, 1940, we came across a list of all the counties in North Carolina that had elevator inspections from that time period. Can you guess which county had the most elevators? Which counties weren’t even represented? The total number was a whopping 864 for the state, the most being in Buncombe County, which had 133 inspections. Mecklenburg, which is the home of many of North Carolina’s skyscrapers today, had only 48 inspections. We hope they’re checked a little more often than that these days. Here are the counties and their numbers:

Alamance-8, Buncombe-133, Burke-11, Cabarrus-3, Caldwell-13, Catawba-17, Cleveland-29, Craven-11, Cumberland-13, Davidson-32, Duplin-1, Durham-26, Edgecombe-3, Forsyth-106, Gaston-14, Guilford-126, Halifax-20, Henderson-5, Iredell-5, Johnston-1, Lenoir-26, Mecklenburg-48, Montgomery-2, McDowell-4, Nash-15, New Hanover-49, Orange-2, Pasquotank-6, Person-5, Pitt-7, Richmond-1, Robeson-4, Rockingham-1, Rowan-21, Rutherford-5, Stanly-1, Surry-10, Union-1, Wake-36, Wayne-28, Wilson-15.