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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

North Carolina Railroad

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
1. North Carolina Railroad Marker
Inscription. Opened interior of N.C. The ground-breaking took place nearby, July 11, 1851. First president, John Motley Morehead.
 
Erected 1996 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number J 102.)
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of 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 shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Cabinet (within shouting distance of this marker); 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 . . .
1. Biographical Sketch of Calvin Graves (1804-1877)
North Carolina Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, March 31, 2012
2. North Carolina Railroad Marker
. 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.) 

2. NC Markers page. (Submitted on April 1, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Additional comments.
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 grove where the depot now stands and embraced all the ground between the railroad tract and Buchanan street. Thousands of people were present.

Source: Greensboro (1808-1904): Facts, Figures, Traditions and Reminiscences, Collated by Jas. W. Albright. Greensboro, North Carolina: Jos. J. Stone & Company, 1904.

Rick Frederick
rick@ncccha.org
Archivist
Greensboro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
3. Greensboro Marker
and Webmaster
Caswell County Historical Association
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncccha/
    — Submitted August 7, 2010, by Caswell County Historical Association of Yanceyville, North Carolina.

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Marker on S Elm Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2010
4. Marker on S Elm Street
Marker can be seen on the other side of the North Carolina Railroad tracks.
North Carolina Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, March 31, 2012
5. North Carolina Railroad Marker
North Carolina Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, March 31, 2012
6. North Carolina Railroad Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 612 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 6, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, 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 North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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