Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wake Wednesday - Historic Roads in Raleigh

Enjoy a little light historical reading with this fun article about the older roads in our area. 

"When Raleigh first came into existence at the end of the 18th century, it was often called “a city of streets with no houses,” a square-mile grid designed by surveyor and onetime state senator William Christmas. Downtown’s principal streets—think Wilmington, Hillsborough, New Bern Avenue—radiated from the central statehouse, where the Capitol Building now stands. Each street was named for one of North Carolina’s eight judicial districts, and North, South, East and West Streets created geographical boundaries to Raleigh’s 400-acre city center. As the city’s population grew, so did its footprint, creating a sprawling artery system of highways and backroads."  - Tracy Jones, Raleighmag

Plan of the City of Raleigh, 1797

To find out the rest of the story about some historic roads in plain sight that you travel often, visit the online article - Historic Roads of Raleigh, by Tracy Jones


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