Whenever traveling to new cities or towns I love to dive into the history of the place. Normally my family and I take tours to give us the full info about the place. This time we were in Charlotte but our time was limited. However, I still managed to indulge myself in learning all the coolest info and History of Charlotte North Carolina before our trip.
Fun Facts About Charlotte – Did You Know…
- Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina.
- It is the third fastest-growing major city in the United States.
- Charlotte is home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and the east coast operations of Wells Fargo. This makes it the second-largest banking center in the United States.
- Charlotte was named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become the Queen of Great Britain just seven years before the town’s incorporation.
- Because of the previous fact, it was nicknamed the Queen City.
- May 20, the traditional date of the signing of the declaration, is celebrated annually in Charlotte as “MecDec”. They fire muskets and cannons.
- North Carolina’s state flag and state seal also bear the date of the Declaration of Independence.
- Charlotte is traditionally considered the home of Southern Presbyterianism.
- Charlotte mint was not reopened at the war’s end, but the building, albeit in a different location, now houses the Mint Museum of Art.
- There are tons of Food And Wine Trails to choose from while traveling in the area.
- Financier Hugh McColl transformed North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) is a national player that became known as NationsBank, eventually merging with BankAmerica to become Bank of America.
History of Charlotte North Carolina
- The area that is now Charlotte was settled by people of European descent around 1755.
- Thomas Spratt and his family were the first to settle here.
- Thomas Polk (granduncle of U.S. President James K. Polk) married Thomas Spratt’s daughter and built his house in the area.
- Within decades of Polk’s settling, the area grew to become “Charlotte Town” in 1768.
- In 1770, surveyors marked the streets in a grid pattern for future development. The east–west trading path became Trade Street, and the Great Wagon Road became Tryon Street (in honor of William Tryon, a governor of colonial North Carolina) The intersection is commonly known as “Trade & Tryon” but is properly called “Independence Square”.
- In 1775, local leaders signed the Mecklenburg Resolves or the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. It isn’t a true declaration of independence but it is among the first such declarations that eventually led to the American Revolution.
- In the 19th century, numerous Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic churches formed in the city giving it the nickname, “The City of Churches”.
- In 1799, in nearby Cabarrus County, 12-year-old Conrad Reed found a 17-pound rock, which his family used as a doorstop. Three years later, a jeweler determined it was nearly solid gold. This set off the nation’s first gold rush.
- 1835 – Charlotte Mint opened (branch of the United States Mint specializing in gold coinage).
- North Carolina was the chief producer of gold in the United States until the Sierra Nevada find in 1848.
- The Reed Gold Mine operated until 1912.
- The Charlotte Mint stopped existing in 1861 when Confederate forces seized it at the outbreak of the Civil War.
- The city’s first boom came after the Civil War, as a cotton processing center and a railroad hub.
- The population grew during World War I when the U.S. government established Camp Greene north of present-day Wilkinson Boulevard. Many soldiers and suppliers stayed after the war.
- The city’s modern-day banking industry achieved prominence in the 1970s and 1980s.
- On September 22, 1989, the city took a direct hit from Hurricane Hugo. It caused massive property damage, destroyed 80,000 trees, and knocked out electrical power to most of the population.
- In December 2002, Charlotte, and much of central North Carolina were hit by an ice storm that resulted in more than 1.3 million people losing power.
- Today the city is restored and booming with great restaurants, tons to do with the family and a lovely city for walking around.
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