Charlotte History

Local News
12:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Harry Golden Takes On The Seersuckered South

Harry Golden, journalist and civil rights activist in Charlotte c.1970's.
Courtesy of J Murrey Atkins Library / UNC Charlotte

Long before Charlotte had its crown of skyscrapers, rings of highways and cape of sprawling suburbs, there were two trails that crossed each other in a relatively flat section of piedmont.

The path that went east-to-west would eventually be called Trade Street – fitting since it originally connected two rivers.

The North-South trail would turn into what we now know as Tryon Street. And that trail was part of the key path for settlers, a path then known as The Great Wagon Road. 

Today, we begin a new series, Along The Great Wagon Road: Occasional Detours Through History.

Our first detour takes us to the corner of 7th and Hawthorne in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. And the life of a man who fought bigotry with a biting sense of humor.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

The Story Of 'Historic' South End (Rebroadcast)

The historic trolley's route started on the backside of Atherton Market. Today the trolley 'carbarn' is a popular farmer's market.
Credit Shook Kelley

 Charlotte's South End wasn't always a hip, vibrant district of shops, restaurants and condos filled with young people that's currently thriving along the city's light rail line. The district right outside of Center City along South Boulevard got its start in the 1850's when the first railroad line came to Charlotte and cotton mills and neighborhoods like Dilworth started to spring up around the rail corridor to house mill workers. But when the cotton mills moved out, South End turned into a vacant, barbed-wired and even dangerous wasteland. We'll talk to some of the people responsible for bringing it back to life about the history of the area from train to trolley to light rail. A look at the surprising story of 'Historic' South End from cotton mills to food trucks, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Charlotte Miscellany & The Lion King

Part One: Charlotte Miscellany. Why is there a statue of an unknown golden man in Myers Park? Why is there a car on top of a Restaurant? Why are there Onion Rings in the ground in Cotswold? Charlotte, despite its shiny new skyscrapers, is a very old town and has collected its share of quirks over the changes that decades and generations bring. We'll have some fun trying to find answers to questions perhaps you've always wondered about our Queen City. Which Queen? That answer and more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Story Of 'Historic' South End

The historic trolley's route started on the backside of Atherton Market. Today the trolley 'carbarn' is a popular farmer's market.
Credit Shook Kelley

Charlotte's South End wasn't always a hip, vibrant district of shops, restaurants and condos filled with young people that's currently thriving along the city's light rail line. The district right outside of Center City along South Boulevard got its start in the 1850's when the first railroad line came to Charlotte and cotton mills and neighborhoods like Dilworth started to spring up around the rail corridor to house mill workers. But when the cotton mills moved out, South End turned into a vacant, barbed-wired and even dangerous wasteland. We'll talk to some of the people responsible for bringing it back to life about the history of the area from train to trolley to light rail. A look at the surprising story of 'Historic' South End from cotton mills to food trucks, when Charlotte Talks.

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