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“No Carolinas train tour can omit quaint Hamlet, just east of Rockingham. It was here that the rails of the Seaboard Air Line crossed and headed into the four cardinal directions. At the turn of the 20th century, more than 30 trains a day paused on journeys to New York, New Orleans, Norfolk and Florida. […]

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Not every striking photo of Charlie Justice was taken by Hugh Morton. Credit for this one from 1949 belongs to the remarkably prolific magazine shooter Ozzie Sweet. The cover story by Lewis Burton of the New York Journal-American promises “The Truth about Charlie Justice” but addresses only glancingly those “persisting rumors about fabulous sums his […]

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“Generally,” Wikipedia explains, “soda jerks wore iconic white paper or cloth caps called ‘soda jerk caps,’ button-up shirts with a bow tie and an apron as their uniform….” In 1932 the White Castle hamburger chain, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, patented the style of paper hat worn by its employees and formed the Paperlynen Co. to […]

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“Born to Chinese parents in what is now Thailand, Eng and Chang Bunker became famous throughout the world as ‘Siamese twins.’ After years of being displayed at exhibitions, they settled in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1830s. They married two local sisters and had a total of 21 children. “Adelaide ‘Alex’ Sink is […]

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“On June 13, 1903, Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson spent much time in prayer at the ‘fields of the wood’ in Cherokee County and had a revelation that the local Holiness church was the Church of God as prophesied in the Bible…. “In 1940, Tomlinson established a monument in Murphy at the site of his revelation. Before […]

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“Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock, born in 1939 in Greensboro, earned the nickname ‘Crash’ while a running back on his high school football team. “The young, handsome Craddock was signed by Columbia Records to compete with Elvis. During 1959 he had a No. 1 record in Australia and was greeted there by screaming crowds when he toured […]

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“Charlton Heston told more than 5,000 National Rifle Association members [at their convention in Charlotte] that he wants to serve an unprecedented third term as their president to complete a mission: ensuring Al Gore’s defeat in November… “As Heston concluded his speech, he was handed a vintage musket, then gave an encore of his performance […]

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Between 1971 and 1995 the Grateful Dead played 27 shows in North Carolina — that’s Charlotte (12), Greensboro (7), Durham (5), Chapel Hill (2), Raleigh (1). This concert flyer isn’t fancy, but it’s packed with useful Charlotte-specific info for itinerant Deadheads, including North Carolina’s ban on nitrous oxide. YouTube has the whole June 11, 1991, […]

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“Officials said it was the first time a president had come to [the West Jefferson] area, best known for Christmas trees, crafts and musicians like Doc Watson, who lives in nearby Deep Gap. “Many of the people attending the event had fought a generation ago to stop a hydroelectric dam project that would have flooded […]

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By 1973 the Surgeon General’s report had sent North Carolina’s tobacco industry into steady decline, but you couldn’t tell it from this enthusiastic schedule poster for “the market that sells itself.” WMPM’s call letters once stood for World’s Most Progressive Market.

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