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"Wilmington, a city, port of entry, and capital of New Hanover co., N.C., is situated on the E. or left bank of the Cape Fear River, about 30 miles from its mouth, 134 miles S.S.E. of Raleigh, and 189 miles E. of Columbia, S.C. It is the S. terminus of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, and the E. terminus of the Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Railroad. The Carolina Central Railroad extends from this place to Charlotte, 187 miles. Lat. 34°11'N.; lon. 78° 10' W. It is the largest and most commercial town in the state. It contains a court-house, a custom house, 21 churches, a national bank, 3 other banks, 2 or 3 academies, a normal school, a cotton-factory, 5 steam saw mills, 2 flour-mills, 2 rice-mills, and 10 turpentine-distilleries. Three daily and 5 weekly newspapers are published here. Steamboats ply daily between this port and Baltimore, Charleston, &c. Other steamboats navigate the Cape Fear River between Wilmington and Fayetteville. Pop. in 1870, 13,446: in 1880, 17,350; in 1890, 20,056."

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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  • News  1840 - March 9 – The Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad is completed from Wilmington, North Carolina to Weldon, North Carolina. At 161.5 miles (260 km), it is the world's longest railroad.
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    March 9, 1840
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  • 1861 - July 14 - Naval Engagement at Wilmington NC - USS Daylight establishes blockade
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  • 1865 - February 22 - Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals
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  • News  1869 - FIRE AT WILMINGTON, N.C., AND SEVERAL PERSONS INJURED.
    Wilmington, N.C., Monday, Feb. 1.

    A livery-stable owned by R. H. Grant, and occupied by Southerland & Steagall, was burned tonight. In tearing... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - Dead?
    A Wilmington (N.C.) dispatch of the 7th says it was not known there whether the reports of the death of Henry Berry Lowery, the notorious swamp... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - Terrible Explosion in Wilmington.
    WILMINGTON, N. C., April 2. - The boilers at the steam saw mill of Colville & Co., exploded at twenty minutes to six o'clock this morning. Two men... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - November 10 - Race riot in Wilmington NC (8 blacks killed)
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    November 10, 1898
  • 1900 - Wilmington - The Free Town on the Cape Fear by Joseph Blount Cheshire
    NORTH CAROLINA might be called the State without a city, eivitas sine utbe. It has never had a capital or a metropolis, except arbitrarily and in... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Wilmington, a city, port of entry, and capital of New Hanover Co., N.C., is situated on the E. or left bank of the Cape Fear River, about 20 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - COTTAGERS IN GRAVE DANGER - Two Hundred People Awake to Find Great Sea Sweeping Across Their Island.
    Wilmington, N. C., Sept 18. - For six or eight hours upwards of 200 men, women and children were cut off from the mainland in imminent peril by a... Read MORE...

  • News  1949 - WILMINGTON HOTEL AND BUSINESS PLACES BURN. MILLION DOLLAR LOSS CAUSE BY BLAZE IN EARLY MORNING HOURS.
    Wilmington, Jan. 21. - (AP) - Fire roared through a 100-room hotel and destroyed six adjacent stores here early today. Loss was estimated at more... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - April 9 - WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
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