• All About Durham, NC

    October 14, 2009

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    Durham, situated in North Carolina, is the county seat for Durham County. It’s widely thought of as the cornerstone for the Research Triangle area in the state, as well as being recognized as the 4th greatest city in Carolina when it comes to population. In 2005 the population for the city was recorded as 1,509,560 and has continued to enjoy consistent grow since then.
    Durham was established back in 1853, when the state needed a place where a railroad depot could be setup. A county physician named Barlett S. Durham had both his home and his medical practice set up along the railroad’s route, and decided to donate some of his land to the depot, which is why it was named Durham Station.
    Before the Civil War, Durham grew quite slowly; however once the war came to a close the population started to grow quickly, with the city receiving its official charger in 1869. The growth spurt the population enjoyed was largely thanks to the tobacco industry, which in this time was thoroughly thriving.
    Before long, tobacco turned into the legs of the table that was the economy in Durham, although soon textiles were also playing a large part. Because of the fast growth of a city in this time, most of the residential and commercial buildings in Durham date back to the years falling between 1890 and 1930.
    Before long, a vibrant African American community had also developed in Durham. Interestingly, some of the greatest businesses to be owned by African Americans have roots in the city, dating back to the 20th century. Some of the better known businesses include Mechanics & Farmer Bank and the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Co. Parrish Street, the same place many of these companies were situated, and soon became affectionately nicknamed the Black Wall Street.

    Durham is still home to a diverse mix of individuals of different ethnicities. It is also home to the North Carolina Central University, the Durham Technical Community College and the world renowned and respected Drake University.

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