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"Raleigh, a city of North Carolina, the capital of the state and the seat of justice of Wake co., is 133 miles N.N.W. of Wilmington, N.C., and 286 miles S.S.W. of Washington, D.C. Lat. 35° 47' N.; lon. near 78° 40'W. The city is situated on elevated ground and in the centre has an open area, called Union Square, from which four principal streets, 99 feet wide, extend in different directions. Here is located the capitol building, a handsome granite edifice with massive columns and surmounted by a dome. It is 166 feet long, 90 feet wide, and cost $740,000. Raleigh also contains a penitentiary, a United States court-house, a state lunatic asylum, an institution for the blind, an agricultural and mechanical college, a state experimental farm, agricultural department buildings, supreme court and state library buildings, Peace Institute and St. Mary's school for white girls, Shaw University (colored) for both sexes, St. Augustine's normal school (colored) for both sexes, 3 cotton-mills, an extensive phosphate-mill, a cotton-seed oil mill, and iron-foundries, planing-mills, car-building plants, and rail way-shops. It has 24 churches (10 white, 14 colored), 2 national banks, a state bank, a savings-bank, and printing offices which issue 3 daily and 7 weekly newspapers. Three railways converge here. Pop. in 1880, 9265; in 1890, 12,678; present pop. about 15,500."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1585 - Raleigh. The first colony, established in 1585 under the leadership of Ralph Lane, ended in failure. resources/ state-facts/ north-carolina.html

  • 1792 - Raleigh, North Carolina founded

  • 1865 - April 13 - Battle of Raleigh, NC

  • 1865 - November 21 - Shaw University forms in Raleigh NC

  • 1868 - January 14 - NC constitutional convention meets in Raleigh

  • 1892 - December 26-28 - An Atlantic coast storm produced 9.5 inches of snow at Raleigh NC

    The Weather Channel

  • 1906
    Raleigh, a city, the capital of North Carolina, and tho seat of justice of Wake co., 143 miles NNW. of Wilmington, on the Seaboard Air Line, the...Read MORE...

  • News 1907 - Three Trainmen Killed.
    Raleigh, N. C., Aug. 7. - Two bodies in burning debris and one body recovered from the wreck, 11 freight cars burned and several passengers slightly...Read MORE...

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
    Hotel Carolina
  • News 1911 - Lightning Started Fire
    Raleigh, N. C. June 12. - The business section of Apex, this county, was swept away by fire today. Seven stores and the two banks were destroyed....Read MORE...

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
    State Capitol, At Night, Raleigh, N.C.
  • News 1927 - March 2 - Raleigh, NC, was buried under 17.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for that location.

    The Weather Channel
    March 2, 1927

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
    U.S. Post Office, Raleigh, N.C.
  • 1953 - September 5 - 1st privately operated atomic reactor-Raleigh NC

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