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Durham, North Carolina, USA - Handsome Residence, Durham, N.C.

Durham was home to Erwin Mill, the first textile manufacturer to produce denim.

The only Rose Bowl game not played in Pasadena, CA was played in Durham in 1942.

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Handsome Residence, Durham, N.C.
Durham, North Carolina, USA

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Handsome Residence, Durham, N.C.
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One of the Plants of Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company, Durham, N.C., Home of Chesterfield Cigarette
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One of the Plants of Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company, Durham, N.C., Home of Chesterfield Cigarettes - "They Satisfy"

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1865 - April 26 - Confederate Gen J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tenn, at Durham NC

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1895 - Durham
Durham, a post-village, capital of Durham co., N.C., 26 miles by rail N.W. of Raleigh. It has 13 churches, 3 banks, 4 newspaper offices, 2 colleges, and manufactures of tobacco, snuff, cheroots, cotton, furniture, marble, granite, knitted goods, &c. Pop. 5485. General Sherman and General Johnston concluded a treaty at Durham at the end of the civil war. Pop. in 1890, 5485.
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
1897 - BIG FIRE IN DURHAM.
News of a big fire in Durham reached Statesville yesterday. It is said the fire originated in a leaf tobacco warehouse and the report was that 20 tobacco factories and warehouses, 15 dwellings and 8 stores, and 6,000,000 pounds of leaf tobacco were burned. The fire departments of Raleigh and Greensboro went to the assistance of the Durham fire department.
The Landmark Statesville
Statesville, North Carolina
October 15, 1897
1907 - Hotel Burns
Durham, N. C., May 3. - Fire destroyed the Hotel Carolina, a four story frame structure located in the center of the city, entailing a loss of $175,000, fully covered by insurance. There were 50 or 75 guests, all of whom escaped without injury.
Coshocton Daily Age
Coshocton, Ohio
May 3, 1907
1916
Durham, a banking city, capital of Durham co., N.C., 26 miles NW. of Raleigh, on the Norfolk and Western and other railroads. It has manufactures of tobacco, snuff, cheroots, cotton, knitted goods, fertilizers, dye-stuffs, etc. Trinity College is located here. Near here General J. E. Johnston surrendered to General Sherman on April 26, 1865, an event which virtually closed the Civil War. Pop. in 1900, 6679.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1944 - First racially integrated basketball game in the South
On March 12, 1944, the first racially integrated basketball game in the South was played in
Durham between North Carolina College (now NC Central University) and the Duke Medical School.
Played behind closed doors at what is now the Women’s Gym on the NCCU campus in defiance of
Jim Crow laws, NC College won, 88-44
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1954 - September 2 - WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Durham:
Duke University: Start your journey with a visit to Duke University's beautiful campus. The iconic Duke Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and the Nasher Museum of Art are all worth exploring. You can also catch a basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium if you're in town during the season.

American Tobacco Campus: This historic area has been transformed into a thriving entertainment and dining district. You can enjoy a stroll, dine at one of the many restaurants, or catch a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).

Durham Bulls Athletic Park: If you're a baseball fan, don't miss a Durham Bulls game. This Triple-A minor league team provides an exciting atmosphere and a chance to enjoy America's favorite pastime.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens: These stunning gardens, located on the Duke University campus, offer a peaceful escape from the city. With a wide variety of flowers, plants, and fountains, it's a beautiful place for a leisurely walk.

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