Local News:

Winds worsen flood conditions for Pamlico County town
10/08/2015 07:34 PM
Winds worsen flood conditions for Pamlico County townNeighbors and business owners in Pamlico County are now doing whatever they can to dry out.

Durham police investigating suspicious death
10/08/2015 07:34 PM
Durham police investigating suspicious deathPolice said that officers were dispatched to the area at 5:54 p.m. and discovered a deceased person in an undeveloped section of the 100 block of Ganyard Farm Way.

Officials: Thursday morning Durham fire was arson
10/08/2015 06:40 PM
WRAL NewsAuthorities in Durham are investigating a fire that broke out at an apartment complex Thursday morning as arson.

Halifax school board rolls back questionable firing of superintendent
10/08/2015 03:58 PM
Halifax Superintendent Dr. Elease FrederickIn a meeting Thursday, four of seven Halifax County School Board members met to rescind a Monday night vote to fire Superintendent Dr. Elease Frederick.

Former Cumberland County DA dies after short illness
10/08/2015 03:55 PM
Cumberland County District Attorney Ed GrannisFormer Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis died early Thursday after a short illness, family members told WRAL News. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Reading Through the 2015 Downtown Hotel Market Study
10/05/2015 04:00 AM
In December 2014, the city started the process on a downtown hotels feasibility study. These efforts were to understand the Raleigh hotel market better and determine the benefits of going after another large hotel in the downtown area in order to support much larger conventions than we have today. It has been widely talked about […]

Centerline Digital Expanding in Glenwood South
09/24/2015 04:00 AM
Centerline’s office space After noticing the construction work taking place at Centerline Digital, I was invited in for a tour to find out more about them. The construction on North Street in Glenwood South is an expansion of Centerline’s space to accommodate a growing team. What started with 2 people in 1995, the digital marketing […]

Municipography, Downtown Raleigh Plan
09/22/2015 04:00 AM
Municipography is a summary of current issues going through the Raleigh City Council and other municipal departments in the city. The point is to try to deliver any video, photos, and text associated with the discussions happening at City Hall or elsewhere. Since this is a downtown Raleigh blog, the focus is on the center […]

Clearing The Way For The Saint
09/17/2015 04:00 AM
There isn’t anything very exciting in the photo above but what we are looking at are lots along the 200 block of St. Mary’s Street. The houses that used to be here have been removed and multiple trees have been tagged with the letter C which I assume means that they are marked for removal. […]

Pic of the Week
09/15/2015 04:00 AM
Fencing has gone up around the future Raleigh Union Station. Perhaps things will start soon. Hat tip to Richard. Thanks! Similar Posts: Pic of the Week (March 29, 2015, 7 Comments) Union Station Fully Funded, Could Be Open In 2016 (September 24, 2012, 18 Comments) Raleigh Union Station Public Workshop, March 6 (February 25, 2013, […]

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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.