North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 20
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.
I started profiling North Carolina Counties each Wednesday and Saturday and somehow I got out of alphabetical order and missed Alamance County. It is depicted below on the state map shaded in blue.
As with many NC counties I have profiled to date Alamance was carved out from another county in 1849. It was part of Orange County prior to then.
Today the county has a robust population of over 150,000 people and it’s county seat is Graham, NC even though Burlington, NC is the largest city in the county boasting close to 50,000 people.
In 1861 residents ofAlmance County were opposed to joining the Southern States in leaving the Union.
In the 19th Century Alamance County exploded with the advent of textile. Before the Civil War and after it there were 14 different textile mills in the county all powered by local streams and rivers. In the later stages of the 20th century most of the textile industries were gone in Alamance County including Bulington Industries
Three of North Carolina Governors have come from Alamance County-Thomas Holt-1891-1893-Kerr Scott-1949-1953 and Bob Scott 1969-1973-(Kerr’s son).
Governor Bob Scott
Today on the radio on my way to work I heard a plug for Pembroke, NC on the John Boy and Billy Radio show. In the south two iconic radio personalities are John Boy and Billy. John Boy’s real name is John Isley and he was born in Alamance County and considers Graham NC his hometown.
John Boy shown below.