“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gastonia in Gaston County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

King's Pinnacle

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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
1. King's Pinnacle Marker
Inscription.  King's Pinnacle is named for the unique formation at its summit resembling a king's crown. The pinnacle is the highest peak in the park at 1,705 feet in elevation. It towers more than 800 feet above the surrounding landscape.

It's elevation is not the only thing that makes King's Pinnacle prominent, however. Since before recorded history, this mountain has also played an important role in people's lives.

Pre-Colonial Boundary
King's Pinnacle, as well as surrounding mountains, formed a boundary between the Cherokee and Catawba Indians.

World War I Artillery Range
Camp Chronicle at the base of King's Pinnacle served as an artillery range for Camp Greene, a sizeable WWI training camp established in west Charlotte in 1917. The mountain was used as a backdrop for artillery practice.

Airmail Beacon Site
Before the days of electronic instrumentation, pilots flew by "dead reckoning," using landmarks on the ground to determine their position. To assist airmail pilots with navigation during this period, the U.S.Department of Commerce installed a network of beacons, which were usually
King's Pinnacle image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 29, 2009
2. King's Pinnacle
located at the highest point within a given area. One such airmail beacon was operated at the summit of King's Pinnacle during the early-to-mid 1900s. The beacon's concrete base is still visible at the summit.
Erected by North Carolina State Parks.
Location. 35° 12.807′ N, 81° 17.607′ W. Marker is near Gastonia, North Carolina, in Gaston County. Marker is on Park Office Lane. Marker is in Crowder Mountain State Park, near the Park Office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kings Mountain NC 28086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Academy (approx. 2 miles away); Patriots Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Battle of Kings Mountain (approx. 3.4 miles away); Kings Mountain Battleground (approx. 3 miles away); William Andrew Mauney House (approx. 3 miles away); Dickey / Sherer Home (approx. 5.1 miles away in South Carolina); Welcome to Kings Mountain State Park (approx. 5.4 miles away in South Carolina); Home Sweet Homeplace (approx. 5.4 miles away in South Carolina).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,401 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 17, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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