Burlington is a city in Alamance and Guilford counties in the U. The population was 50, at the census which makes Burlington the 17th largest city in North Carolina. The Metropolitan Statistical Area population was overin Alamance County was created when Orange County was partitioned in Early settlers included several groups of Quakersmany of which remain active in the Snow Camp area, German farmers, and Scots-Irish immigrants.
The need Burlington nc to rocky mount nc the North Carolina Railroad in the s to locate land where they could build, repair and do maintenance on its track was the genesis of Burlington, North Carolina.
The company selected a piece of land slightly west of present-day Graham. On January 29,the last spikes were driven into the final tie of the North Carolina Railroad project, uniting the cities of Goldsboro and Charlotte by rail. The next day, the first locomotive passed along the new route. When the iron horse arrived in Alamance County, locals referred to it as "the eighth wonder of the world".
Not long after this historic opening, the railroad realized a pressing need for repair shops. With Alamance County's position along the new line, it became the logical choice for the shops' location. After several debates concerning where the shops would be located, Gen. Benjamin Trollinger, a progressive Alamance County manufacturer, made an offer that settled the matter.
Trollinger owned land just northwest of Graham, and he convinced several other prominent citizens owning adjacent lots to join him and sell their property to the railroad. Byconstruction of the shops began. Seemingly overnight, a town was born. A church, bank, hotel and restaurant sprang up. By the time the shops were completed, the village had grown to twenty-seven buildings.
Thirty-nine white men, twenty Negro slaves and two free Negroes were employed in or around the shops. Sale of town lots soon started, but not surprisingly, the sale of lots was slow until after the Civil War. ByCompany Shops numbered about persons. After twenty-five years of operations, Burlington nc to rocky mount nc shops closed along with most of the area's railroad facilities. The railroad offices and shops at Company Shops were closed. With the railroad shops no longer operated there, the citizens of Company Shops decided a new name was needed.
Company Shops was reborn as Burlington on February 14, The city of Burlington was incorporated, and a charter was issued by the State Legislature. Around the turn of the century, E.
Holt built the first cotton mill in the South. From the establishment of this single factory, Alamance County grew to eventually operate 30 cotton mills and 10 to 15 yarn manufacturing plants employing 15, people.
Eventually, the early textile venture of E.
Holt became known all over the world as Burlington Industriesand Burlington nc to rocky mount nc now headquartered in nearby Greensboro. Throughout this period, Burlington became a prosperous and vibrant little city filled with schools, churches, newspapers, telegraph and telephone lines, roads and a streetcar line—all in keeping with the latest "modern progress" of the times.
Though textiles continued to dominate the local economy well into the s, the people of Burlington knew they could not survive with only one industry. The country's involvement in World War II brought important local economic changes.
Inthe federal government purchased and leased a acre 8. After two years of production, the site was leased to Firestone Tire Company for the Army's tank rebuilding program. At the close of the war, the federal government chose not to leave, buto utilize the property for government contract business.
This decision would bring Western Electric to town along with new employees from around the country. Their contracts ensured Burlington's participation during the Cold War manufacturing and testing of emerging defense technologies.
During this century-and-a-half of economic change, Burlington grew, adapted and prospered. Originally the center of commerce for Company Shops, the downtown area still serves as the heart of today's community with financial services, government services, an expanded library, small shops, eateries and a restored theater. Located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Burlington is characterized as having mostly flat land with a few rolling hills.
According to the United States Census Bureauthe city has a total area of The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. Upon visiting these parks one can find a variety of things for various activities, such as baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, playgrounds, disc golf and tennis courts.
The Alamance County Recreation and Parks Department will provide parks, trails and programs that inspire visitors and welcome all participants.
The Alamance County Recreation and Parks Department manages parks and community centers at the following locations:.
The team is based at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Prior to the team was known as the Burlington Indians, functioning as a farm team of the Cleveland Indians since The flagship of the Burlington Parks System, City Park offers more than 75 acres of activities for the entire family.
It serves as the home of an amusement area consisting of a carousel, miniature train, boat and car ride, playground, amphitheater, baseball field, picnic shelters, and walking trails.
A fully restored Dentzel Carousel is the highlight of the amusement area. As part of the National Historical Register, the carousel attracts thousands of visitors yearly.