North Carolina-Franklinville NC-August 19


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 19

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.

It is rare that I hear of a town in North Carolina I don’t know of. It happened yesterday.

I heard someone talk about Franklinville. I asked if they meant Franklinton in Franklin County or Franklin in Macon County and they responded no.  Appears that Frankinville is located in Randolph County.

Franklinville NC

Franklinville, North Carolina established in 1847 is an idyllic former textile mill village located on the banks of the Deep River.

For 140 years life and work in Franklinville revolved around the two textile mills located on the banks of the Deep River.  With the closing in 1979 of the last textile mill, the town experienced a decline in services, opportunities, and growth.

There is a great blog written by L. McKay Whatley on a bridge built to support that textile industry in Franklinville, NC. The name of the bridge was the Island Ford Steel Bridge.

Whatley is a native of Asheboro, NC  and a 1973 graduate of Asheboro High School. In 1977 he graduated from Harvard College, BA, cum laude; earned a Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 and a J.D. in 1987 from N.C. Central University.

Photo on left depicts the bridge and postcard on right shows the lower dam of Deep River before bridge. If you look closely at photo of bridge you can see a horse and buggy crossing it.

The term Island Ford came from the silt island that build up below the dam.

I encourage you to give the blog post below a read.

 

https://randolphhistory.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/island-ford-steel-bridge/

 

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