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A gold rush in the 1790s brought people to an area in North Carolina known as White Plains. With the promise of prosperity from the gold rush and an abundance of land suitable for farming, the area was soon settled by Scotch-Irish and German pioneers. As the railroad was being built, officials asked the local postmistress to name the new railroad station. She chose Kings Mountain, after the Revolutionary War battle fought eight miles south. Over time, Kings Mountain has flourished with industries, churches, education, and cultural institutions while the friendly, hardworking residents have found success in the mines and textile mills. Kings Mountain looks back over 100 years of the city’s residents as they work, study, worship, play, and celebrate their heritage.
About the Author
Sharon Stack is the director of the Mauney Memorial Library in Kings Mountain. Stephanie Walsh is the director and curator of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum. The images in Kings Mountain are drawn from museum, library, private photograph, and archival collections.