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Raleigh woman in Nepal 'overwhelmed' by toll of powerful earthquake
04/25/2015 12:21 PM
Earthquake in NepalAfter a quiet morning spent on a river in the mountains of Nepal, Raleigh native Jennifer Farrell said flying rocks and boulders were the first sign of trouble as she and her friends drove down a winding mountain road when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region.

Man killed, woman injured in 3-vehicle wreck in south Durham
04/25/2015 10:59 AM
WRAL NewsA 23-year-old man was killed and a Clayton woman was injured early Saturday when three cars were involved in a wreck in south Durham.

Raleigh man climbing on Mt. Everest uninjured in avalanche following earthquake
04/25/2015 09:43 AM
Ron WahulaA Raleigh man attempting to climb to the base camp of Mt. Everest was uninjured Saturday when a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, triggering an avalanche on the world's highest peak.

Rain showers, cool temps on tap for Saturday
04/25/2015 08:39 AM
North Carolina RadarA large area of rain was pushing into central North Carolina Saturday morning, setting the stage for a dreary weekend that will include cooler-than-normal temperatures and plenty of precipitation.

Man charged with DWI in Granville County tractor-trailer crash
04/25/2015 04:35 AM
Driver charged with DWI after tractor-trailer crashA Stokes County man was charged with DWI and commercial DWI Friday evening after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed on U.S. Highway 56 in Granville County.

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Union Station Groundbreaking is May 8
04/24/2015 04:00 AM
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Pic of the Week
04/23/2015 04:00 AM
Here’s a recent photo of an empty newsstand on Fayetteville Street. Installed in 2006 when the street makeover was finished, I haven’t seen them very active in the last few years. Or are they so active that everything gets snatched up so quickly that I miss it? Are these needed anymore? Should they be remove […]

Comment On The Downtown Experience Plan Until May 13
04/21/2015 05:37 AM
The latest draft of the Downtown Experience Plan is now available and the team behind it are seeking public comments. Jump into it here: Downtown Experience Plan on RaleighNC.gov One huge addition to this draft compared to the last one is that actions are listed as a part of each stated goal. That should help […]

Glenwood South Crosswalk Art In The Works
04/13/2015 04:00 AM
I recommend email readers click through to the website to see the embedded video if you can’t see it. Story via ABC11. Go to Video of Downtown Raleigh Takes Art to the Streets. Similar Posts: Glenwood South Ripe For Hotels (January 5, 2013, 13 Comments) The Glenwood South and Carolina Ale House Saga Looking Positive […]

Moore Square Master Plan Open Houses on April 29 and 30
04/09/2015 04:00 AM
Helping spread the word here about this upcoming event. The Moore Square redesign has been a controversial topic mainly because of cost. Figures in the $14-15 million range have been proposed for a complete overhaul of the 4 acre green space. At the same time, a lot change could come to the district following this […]

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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.