Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
North Carolina Railroad
Erected 1996 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number J-102.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 11, 1881.
Location. 36° 4.076′ N, 79° 47.432′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is at the intersection of S Elm Street and Smothers Place, on the left when traveling north on S Elm Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cigar Industry (a few steps from this marker); Jefferson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Arms Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Men of Greensboro and Guilford County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army of Tennessee (within Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Nathanael Greene (about 400 feet away); Original Methodist Church / Former Methodist Cemetery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
Also see . . . Biographical Sketch of Calvin Graves (1804-1877). At the ground breaking, the first shovel of dirt was thrown by the Honorable Calvin Graves. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Caswell County Historical Association of Yanceyville, North Carolina.)
1. North Carolina Railroad: Calvin Graves of Caswell County, North Carolina
"Breaking Ground for North Carolina Railroad?
A big celebration, with a barbecue, at the ceremony of breaking ground on the North Carolina railroad, took place July 11, 1851. The first shovel of dirt was thrown by Honorable Calvin Graves, of Caswell county, whose vote as speaker of the House of Representatives, gave Greensboro this great railroad. The dirt was taken from the middle of South Elm street, about in front of the present fire depot building. The barbecue was in a pine
Source: Greensboro (1808-1904): Facts, Figures, Traditions and Reminiscences, Collated by Jas. W. Albright. Greensboro, North Carolina: Jos. J. Stone & Company, 1904.
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— Submitted August 7, 2010, by Caswell County Historical Association of Yanceyville, North Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 734 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2. submitted on April 1, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.