North Carolina-US 74 -April 18


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-April 18

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 traveled US 74 West to Charlotte from Lumberton NC this weekend and as I passed thru some of the small towns on US 74 I had a few questions.

In Lilesville, NC  what actually is Bonsal Mining?

The Answer-Bonsal Mining is quarry

bonsal

Originally established in 1895 as a supplier and contractor for southern railroads, the W.R. Bonsal Company began mining for sand and gravel near Lilesville, NC in 1906 and opened its first packaged cement products plant in 1947.

Who was L.L Polk that Polksville is named after?

The Answer-complicated but Leonidas LaFayette Polk (24 Apr. 1837-11 June 1892), agrarian leader, was born in Anson County, the only child of Andrew Polk and his second wife, Serena Autry.

L.L Polk rocking a beard.

L.L Polk

Upon the death of his father he inherited property. He served in the Civil War and eight years after it ended he opened a country store, started the weekly Ansonian, and, as the new Carolina Central Railroad approached his farm, sold lots, attracted settlers, and incorporated the town of Polkton.

What’s up with Peachland, NC-how did it get its name?

The Answer-In March 1895, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified an act to incorporate a small town in western Anson County – and the Town of Peachland was officially formed on March 31, 1895.

peachland

The community’s rich history dates back to the late 1700s when Charlotte lawyers enroute to the Anson County Courthouse in Wadesboro would camp overnight near a spring because the trip by horseback took more than a day’s travel time. The route became known as Lawyers Road, the water source was called Lawyers Spring and, today, the Lawyers Spring Primitive Baptist Church is located in the area.

Before 1895 the area was called Mulcahy. In 1888, community fathers gathered to discuss renaming the unincorporated town Fruitland. It is not known who suggested the name “Peachland”  but the name met the approval of town leaders.

Was Wingate the name of the college or the town?

The Answer-Wingate was incorporated by NC General Assembly in 1901.

Prior to the charter, in 1896, Meadow Branch Baptist Church and other local Baptists decided to build a “school of higher learning” on 10 acres of land donated by Marsh Stewart.

wingate_1950

The school was to be named “Wingate” in honor of a former President of Wake Forest College, Washington Manly Wingate.  During the school’s founding, the village now known as Wingate  was called Ames Turnout, a name given to honor one of the foremen in charge of construction of the railroad in Wingate.

So the town of Wingate got their name from the college.

 

 

 

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