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Apex, North Carolina (Images of America Series)

Apex, North Carolina (Images of America Series)

by Sherry Monahan
     
 

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This quaint, picturesque community has an interesting history. For years it was a rural hamlet with a nearby pond, simply called Log Pond. It later became Apex, and the pond was eventually drained in the name of progress. Apex appeared on the map because of the coalfields in Chatham/Lee County. The coal companies needed to get their coal to Raleigh, and around

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This quaint, picturesque community has an interesting history. For years it was a rural hamlet with a nearby pond, simply called Log Pond. It later became Apex, and the pond was eventually drained in the name of progress. Apex appeared on the map because of the coalfields in Chatham/Lee County. The coal companies needed to get their coal to Raleigh, and around 1870, the Chatham Railroad was chugging along, right by Log Pond. It officially became Apex with the establishment of a post office. Apex put the railroad to use immediately and shipped lumber, tar, turpentine, and pitch. Early on, Apex passed a few ordinances that some might find in the Wild West, including those dealing with whiskey, gambling, and prostitution. The town suffered two fires in the early 1900s, but its residents persevered, and Apex's small-town charm is still enjoyed today.

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Title: Local author writes about town's history

Author: Shawn Daley

Publisher: The Apex Herald

Date: 11/3/09

When author Sherry Monahan joined the Apex Writers Guild she did so as a well-acknowledged author of four books on the Old West.

The Willow Spring resident never considered for a moment that she would soon use her savvy research abilities much closer to home.

All of that changed, however, after a short discussion with guild founder Bob Crowley.

"Bob told me I should do a book on Apex's history," said Monahan. "He said Apex was once a lot like the Old West with its sheriff and dusty roads. I really like Apex so I decided to look into it."

The result is the soon-to-be released "Apex," which is part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

The 128-page book contains more than 200 vintage photos from the town's long and storied history.

Monahan hopes readers will gain a sense of how Apex residents lived in decades gone by.

"It's really interesting how the town was once wild and wooly," said Monahan. "Now it appears quiet and almost Victorian. But Apex was once in the middle of nowhere and was once very wild.

"I think the book is a great way to look back to the past and see how Apex has evolved. I hope people gain a sense of what the town was like years ago."

One of the most enjoyable aspects of putting the book together, said Monahan, was meeting with so many friendly people willing to share their photographs and stories.

Amateur historian Ann Grebing, town clerk Georgia Evangelist, and longtime resident Jacques Burgess are just a few of the many people who provided valuable material for the book. Photos were also provided by Apex Baptist Church, Apex United Methodist Church and the NC State Archives.

"Doing research is like solving a mystery and you have to follow the clues," said Monahan. "I would meet with someone and they would steer me toward someone else who also had good stories or photos.

"I met the most wonderful people and everyone was just so helpful. They were willing to just open their private photo albums to me, which helps makes the book so much better."

"Apex" ($21.99) will be available on Nov. 16 at bookstores and online. For more information visit www arcadiapublishing com.

Monahan will appear at a book signing event on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at All Booked Up in downtown Apex.

For more information about the author visit www sherrymonahan com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738566382
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
11/11/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,113,637
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Local author and historian Sherry Monahan was attracted to Apex because of its charm and interesting history. She has four published books about the Old West and has applied the same tenacity in researching Apex. She interviewed town locals with deep family roots and sifted through dusty archive books to paint Apex's vivid history.

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