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All American Marathon gives runners a tour of Fort Bragg
03/26/2017 08:50 AM
All American Marathon gives runners a tour of Fort BraggThousands of people were running in the All American Marathon Sunday morning, a run that gives runners an inside look at the largest U.S. military installation.

Officials: Body found in water at Lake Michie near Durham
03/26/2017 08:28 AM
Lake MichieA body was pulled from Lake Michie Sunday morning, according to officials.

Wrong-way crash injures driver on I-85 one week after fatal wreck
03/26/2017 08:11 AM
Traffic accidentA wrong-way crash on Interstate 85 near Hillsborough injured one person early Sunday less than a week after another wrong-way collision, this one fatal, nearby.

NC restaurant praised, criticized for banning young children
03/26/2017 06:42 AM
Caruso'sA North Carolina restaurant is receiving both praise and criticism after it banned children age 5 and younger from dining there.

Gardner: 'Rain is not a threat' on a cloudy, warm Sunday
03/26/2017 05:15 AM
7-Day ForecastWarmer temperatures on Sunday will be accompanied by lots of fog and cloud cover, but the chance for rain is not prominent.

WRAL.com Weather


Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

A Peek Inside Google Fiber’s New Shop in Glenwood South
03/23/2017 04:00 AM
Email readers: This blog post has a virtual reality image. Read the post on the blog to see it. I recently had a meeting that was held over at Google’s new shop on Glenwood and took a VR photo inside the new space for the blog. There’s a lot of hype about this new space […]

The Missing Middle Housing Around Downtown Raleigh
03/21/2017 04:00 AM
Land being cleared along New Bern Avenue. March 2017. Just outside of downtown is an interesting project that I’ve been following. It delves into the affordable housing discussion a bit as well as showing our council’s interest in the topic. To be clear, and try to keep things consistent, I like to separate two types […]

The Metropolitan is Lost in Overnight Fire
03/17/2017 07:12 AM
Not much to say here about the fire that took place this weekend. The Metropolitan apartments had just recently topped out and is now burnt to a crisp. Nearby buildings including the Quorum Center and The Link apartments suffered damage as well. Above is the view from East Raleigh, about 12 blocks away. See the local news […]

A Walk Around 400 Hillsborough
03/16/2017 04:00 AM
Corner of Hillsborough and West Streets, March 2017 Site plans and other docs were recently submitted to the city for 400 Hillsborough, a 20-story development planned for the entire block between Hillsborough/Edenton Streets and West/Harrington Streets. The blocks along Hillsborough Street are a bit smaller than the larger ones around downtown so while I say […]

Pic of the Week
03/09/2017 04:00 AM
Demolition is taking place at Stone’s Warehouse. The project is moving along now as the former Rex Senior Center is coming down and new art projects line Davie Street. Banners on the front of the warehouse tease a 2018 opening. Similar Posts: Stone’s Warehouse Goes Mixed-Use With Townhomes and Retail Space (March 2, 2016, 31 […]

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History of Raleigh

Oak Tree Raleigh is also known as the "City of Oaks," mainly because of the numerous oak trees that adorn the entire city. Yet aside from these functions, the city is also North Carolina's capital and Wake County's seat. According to a count for July 2006, Raleigh's population is estimated to be around 353,604, thus making the capital one of America's rapidly expanding cities. In fact, Raleigh ranks fourth in the "List of Best Big Cities in 2006" by Money Magazine. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the city's history is not at all surprised by such a remarkable development. Since Raleigh is among the selected US cities intentionally developed to be a state capital, it can easily be said that the city is destined for expansion and progress.

Long before becoming a state capital, the city was called as the "Wake Crossroads," a name that gives a clear idea regarding the city's geographical function. At that time, Raleigh served as a place where travelers from either north or south could rest and maybe have a drink in one of its taverns. The place was eventually chosen to be North Carolina's capital in 1788. According to some accounts, "Wake Crossroads" was selected since it was within a 10-mile radius of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a place popular among legislators at that time. But it was in 1792 when Raleigh was formally established as North Carolina's capital.

Sir Walter Raleigh That same year, the North Carolina General Assembly bought a lot from a local businessman and started making plans for Raleigh, which was by the way, modeled after Philadelphia, the US capital state at that time. The city got its name from Sir Walter Raleigh, who sponsored the Colony of Roanoke. The aforementioned assembly held its first meeting in the capital in December 1794. A month after that, the legislative body officially granted Raleigh a charter along with an "Intendant Police" (Mayor) and seven commissioners. John Haywood was Raleigh's first "Intendant Police."

Although Raleigh was lucky to be spared from destruction during the Civil War, the city remained little in size until streetcar lines were introduced in the 1920s. Since then, Raleigh began to grow, eventually transforming into one of the state's commercial hubs. A railroad was also constructed to link the city to neighboring communities. By the end of the Second World War, Raleigh had undergone many significant developments, particularly in its infrastructure. What used to be a rural community evolved into a bustling urban center. The development of the city's infrastructure is largely attributed to the founding of the North Carolina State University School of Design in 1948. But the construction and existence of the Research Triangle Park in the 1959 also brought big changes to the city. With a 7,000 acre land area, the RTP is the world's biggest research park, comprising Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. With its high-tech facilities, the RTP is also among the global leaders in scientific research and development.

As education is essential to any improvement of a city, Raleigh also has many universities and colleges. Aside from the North Carolina State University, other schools in the capital include Shaw University, St. Augustine's College, Meredith College, Wake Tech Community College, and Peace College. Both St. Augustine's and Shaw were founded towards the end of the 1860s, as schools for the freed slaves after the Civil War. Shaw was the premier university founded for that particular purpose in the country. In 1874, the Estey Hall was added to provide higher learning to women of African-American ethnicity.