Stanley, North Carolina (Images of America Series)

Stanley, North Carolina (Images of America Series)


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The Stanley Creek community, named for a gold prospector, began in the mid-1700s as one of the earliest settlements in Gaston County. Gold was mined in the area until the California Gold Rush. Among the prominent people visiting the area was André Michaux, botanist and adventurer, who discovered the tree he named Magnolia macrophylla. In 1860, the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad came through the area on land owned by the Brevard family. Brevard's train depot was the primary rallying point for soldiers leaving for the Civil War and for sending supplies to troops. Around the end of the 1890s, Stanley Creek Cotton Mills was organized, beginning the textile era, which continued until 2000. Two Stanley men patented a dyeing machine, and Gaston County Dyeing Machine Company was born. Many of Stanley's men went to fight in the nation's wars, some losing their lives. Several athletes went on to major-league baseball, and a nationally recognized sculptor lived in Stanley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467116428
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/19/2016
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,205,530
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Brevard Station Museum volunteers Joyce Handsel, Pat Smith, and Ruth Wood have worked together to compile photographs and stories of Stanley and its people. Most of the images used are preserved at Brevard Station Museum.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Settlement 9

2 Coming of the Railroad 21

3 Industries and Businesses 37

4 Service to the Country 53

5 Schools and Sports 67

6 Churches and Organizations 83

7 People and Events 97

8 Community Life 115

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