North Carolina-Lee County-June 29

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 29

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. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

One of the leading brick manufacturing counties in the United States is in North Carolina. That county is Lee. Lee County depicted below in red.


Lee was formed in 1907 from Chatham and Moore County. It gets its name to honor Confederate General Robert E Lee. The county seat is Sanford which also serves as largest city in the county which has an overall population of less than 60,000.

Sanford was built because of railroad in the 1800’s.

Right before the Civil War coal was being mined in an area of Lee County called Egypt. A railroad was built from that point to Fayetteville by the Western Railroad. Once in Fayetteville in boarded barges on the Cape Fear River for the port of Wilmington.


After the war, the Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad built southward and crossed the Western Railroad tracks. At this junction and passenger point, the rail-born village of Sanford grew. The city was incorporated in Moore County in 1874, and its population in 1880 was 236 persons.






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