Local News:

Warmer temps melt ice plaguing Triangle drivers
03/01/2015 02:38 PM
Freezing rain triggering accidents in TriangleMany counties in central North Carolina were under a winter weather advisory Sunday morning, including Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, Chatham and Cumberland, and freezing rain caused problems for some on the roads.

Customer shoots auto shop owner in Fayetteville
03/01/2015 01:55 PM
Elbert TerrellAn automotive shop owner was shot by a customer Saturday morning, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

Ready or not, gas drilling permitting could begin in March
03/01/2015 11:57 AM
Fracking site, natural gas drilling wellBarring 11th hour actions by the General Assembly, companies will be able to apply for natural gas drilling permits in mid-March.

Family destinations offer warm welcome after snow days
02/28/2015 07:28 PM
Kid Grid at Marbles Kids MuseumNeed to get out of the house? Consider one of the region's popular museums or parks.

Two dogs die in house fire on Old Milburnie Road
02/28/2015 01:16 PM
FireTwo dogs died in a house fire on Old Milburnie Road in Raleigh Friday night, authorities said. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Project Phoenix and The State Government District
03/01/2015 03:21 PM
State Government offices along Wilmington Street I try to change up the general location of each blog post in order to touch all sides of downtown Raleigh as the months go on. One area that hasn’t gotten much love on this site is the State Government campus, the collection of buildings to the north of […]

The Lincoln Apartments in the Final Stretch
03/01/2015 03:21 PM
The Lincoln has fully taken shape and the facade is going up around it. With a planned completion time of this summer, there are only a few more months to put the final touches on this project. Similar Posts: The Four Sides to The Lincoln (November 24, 2014, 72 Comments) Crash of the Resident Wave, […]

Winter 2015 Restaurant Roundup
03/01/2015 03:21 PM
Each year, downtown Raleigh seems to have a burst of new shops. 2013 was the year of the bottle shop. As we wrapped up last year, I think it’s safe to say that 2014 was the year of the bakery. 2015 could be the year the barcade but that’s still left to be seen. Here’s […]

Pic of the Week
03/01/2015 03:21 PM
The Edison Apartments at the corner of Blount Street and Davie Street. Similar Posts: Crash of the Resident Wave, The Edison Apartments Itching to Break Ground (6/10) (June 20, 2014, 9 Comments) Pic of the Week (August 4, 2014, 5 Comments) Edison Office Shows Site Plan For 225′ Tower (April 29, 2013, 8 Comments)

Huge Renovation Underway at 326 Hillsborough Street
03/01/2015 03:21 PM
The renovations happening at 326 Hillsborough Street are really showing off these days. The restaurant Taverna Agora, currently in North Raleigh, is planning to move to this spot in downtown Raleigh. New awnings and lots of work on a second floor are visible from the street. This building has been empty for several years. At […]

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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.