Local News:

Defense files motions in police officer's shooting case
04/18/2015 04:39 AM
WRAL NewsAttorneys for a former police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed former college football player want his trial held in another county.

NCDOT begins sweeping up litter along North Carolina roads
04/18/2015 04:35 AM
litterThe N.C. Department of Transportation is kicking off its spring cleaning alongside the state's roadways.

Driver flees after hitting Fayetteville school bus
04/17/2015 07:46 PM
Cape Fear High school bus accidentA driver who rear-ended a stopped school bus in Fayetteville Friday afternoon ran from the crash, police said.

Stancil's appearance, crime a shock to grandparents
04/17/2015 07:43 PM
Kenneth Morgan Stancil IIIDanny and Joyce Edwards, grandparents of the man charged with Monday's murder of a Wayne Community College employee, say the belligerent, tattooed shooting suspect is not the grandson they know.

Families: Durham detention policy 'inhumane'
04/17/2015 07:41 PM
Durham County Detention FacilityFamilies of some inmates at the Durham County Detention Facility protested Friday night against a new policy they say is unfair and inconvenient. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

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 […]

A Walk Around The Edison Block
04/07/2015 04:00 AM
A worker looks out over a balcony at Skyhouse Raleigh. The flowers and leaves aren’t the only things that are growing in downtown Raleigh. I took a walk around the Edison block and snapped a few photos of the new and upcoming developments here. These include the apartment buildings of Skyhouse Raleigh, the Edison Apartments, […]

Construction Update, The L Building
04/02/2015 05:46 AM
We haven’t looked at The L Building since the summer of 2014 and now this project is almost complete. The second floor offices appear to have tenants moving in and the sidewalks are being paved this week. The southwest corner of McDowell and Davie Street look very nice in my opinion. The building’s retail spaces […]

Pic of the Week
03/30/2015 04:00 AM
Future site of Raleigh Union Station Another sunset over the future Raleigh Union Station. The planned March 21 groundbreaking was delayed and it looks like it’ll be this summer before we see any activity here on this site. It will likely be July before any demolition or construction work begins at the Union Station site […]

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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.