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New Bern, North Carolina, USA - Gaston Hotel

Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.

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Gaston Hotel
New Bern, North Carolina, USA

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New Bern Country Club, New Bern, N.C.
New Bern, North Carolina, USA

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New Bern Country Club, New Bern, N.C.
Earl of Craven Lodge
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1710 - New Bern, North Carolina founded

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1755 - First Newspaper in North Carolina
The first [newspaper] in North Carolina was "The North Carolina Gazette," printed at New Berne [in 1755].

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1767 to 1770 - Tryon Palace is built in New Bern, becoming North Carolina's colonial capitol building.

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1794 - The capital of North Carolina, which had previously been located in New Bern, is moved to Raleigh.

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1854 - Newbern
Newbern, a port of entry of North Carolina, and capital of Craven county, is situated at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, about 120 miles S. E. from Raleigh, and 50 miles above Pamlico sound. Lat. 35° 20' N., Lon. 77° 5' W. It was for many years the capital of the state. The Neuso river, which is more than a mile wide at this place, is navigated by steamboats about 8 months of the year. The entrance from the sea is through Ocracoke inlet. Newbern has a considerable trade. The chief articles of export are grain, lumber, turpentine, tar, and naval stores. The shipping of the port June 30th, 1852: 1,179 tons, registered, and 4,055 tons, enrolled and licensed; of the latter, 3,814 tons were employed in the coast trade, and 230 in steamboat navigation. The foreign arrivals for the year were 22, tons 2822. The clearances for foreign ports were 24, tons 3161 ; all of which were in American bottoms. During the year 3 vessels, with an aggregate burthen of 252 tons, were... Read MORE...

1862 - March 14 - Battle of New Bern NC: General Burnside conquers New Bern

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1895 - Newbern
Newbern, a port of entry and the capital of Craven co., N.C., is situated on the right or W. bank of the Neuse River, at the mouth of the Trent, and on the Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad, 108 miles E.S.E. of Raleigh, 36 miles N.N.W. of Morehead, and about 90 miles N.E. of Wilmington. The Neuse River is here nearly 2 miles wide, and is navigable for steamboats. The chief articles of export are grain, market-garden products, lumber, tar, and turpentine. Newbern contains a court-house, 10 churches, a national bank, l other bank, the Newbern Aeademy, manufactures of lumber, cigars, ploughs, and turpentine, and printing-offices which issue 1 daily and 2 or 3 weekly newspapers. This town was formerly the capital of the state. The surrounding country is flat, and has a sandy soil. Pop. in 1880,6443; in 1890, 7843.
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
1898 - Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern.

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1906
Newbern, a city, the capital of Craven co., N.C., is situated on the right or W. bank of the Neuse River, at the mouth of the Trent, and on the Atlantic and North Carolina R. and the Atlantic Coast Line, 88 miles NE. of Wilmington. The Neuse River is here nearly 2 miles wide and is navigable for steamboats. Newbern contains a government building, a court-house, the Newbern Academy, etc., has manufactures of lumber, cigars, turpentine, fertilizers, cot ton-seed oil, etc., and ships large quantities of grain, cotton, lumber, naval stores, and market-garden produce. It has also important fisheries. This town was formerly the capital of the state. Pop. in 1890, 7843 ; in 1900, 9090.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1922 - WORST FIRE IN HISTORY OF NEW BERN. 500 RESIDENCES AND BUSINESS HOUSES DESTROYED AND 1,800 PERSONS RENDERED HOMELESS - LOSS OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS - FIRE SWEPT 8 BLOCKS FROM ONE TO FIVE BLOCKS WIDE.
An Associated Press dispatch gives the following:
New Bern, Dec. 1. - An army of grimy chimneys, standing as grim sentinels amidst an area of smouldering ruins which extends for half a mile from the western boundary of the city to Neuse river, tonight, marked the course of New Bern's two million dollar fire, the worst in the city's history.

When interviewed at 10:30 o'clock tonight Mayor CLARK stated that so far as he could judge, five hundred residences and business houses had been totally destroyed, approximately 1,800 persons were homeless and the total fire loss for the day, including ROPER Lumber Company's mills, was in excess of $2,000,000.

The fire was completely under control at midnight tonight.

The war devastated towns of Belgium and France hardly presented a more pitiable spectacle of complete destruction than that section of New Bern tonight which was swept by fire throughout the entire day.

Over an area of a mile or more in length and from two to five blocks... Read MORE...

1963 - September 7 - WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting

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2023 - Here's a list of the best places to go and things to do in New Bern:
Tryon Palace:

Start your journey with a visit to Tryon Palace, the reconstructed colonial mansion. Explore the stunning gardens and step back in time to experience life in 18th-century North Carolina.

Historic Downtown New Bern:

Take a leisurely stroll through the historic downtown area. The streets are lined with colorful, historic homes and unique shops. Try to catch a glimpse of the impressive historic district and the beautiful waterfront.

New Bern Firemen's Museum:

For a dose of history with a touch of heroism, head to the New Bern Firemen's Museum. It's housed in the old Fire Station No. 1 and showcases the history of firefighting in the area.

Bear Town Market:

If you're in the mood for some local flavor, Bear Town Market is the place to be. This eclectic market offers a range of fresh produce, local crafts, and a friendly atmosphere.

Union Point Park:

Relax by the waterfront at Union Point Park. It's a perfect spot for a picnic, a leisurely walk, or... Read MORE...

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