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3-month old subject of Amber Alert, parents located in basement
09/20/2017 04:51 PM
Amber Alert: Cali Marie CochranAuthorities said Calie Marie Cochran, a Haywood County 3-month-old believed to have been abducted by her parents, Rex Douglas Cochran Jr. and Heather Marie Cochran, was found safe Wednesday night.

Duke honors Life Flight crew, patient killed in crash
09/20/2017 04:09 PM
Duke Life Flight crew, patientThree Duke Life Flight crew members and their patient were remembered as Good Samaritans and great people on Wednesday, almost two weeks after they died when a medical helicopter crashed in northeast North Carolina.

'It's just wonderful:' 300 Fort Bragg paratroopers return home from deployment
09/20/2017 03:41 PM
 300 Fort Bragg paratroopers return home from deploymentAround 300 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division returned home safely to Fort Bragg Wednesday after participating in a coalition force fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Raleigh abortion clinic operator believes job was reason she was raped
09/20/2017 03:20 PM
 Raleigh woman raped by man after she told him she operated abortion clinicsIn a growing culture of divisiveness, a 27-year-old Raleigh woman, who now lives in Charlotte, feels like she has put a face on how someone's views can lead to violence.

How NC uses drones to help clean up crashes quicker
09/20/2017 03:15 PM
How NC uses drones to help clean up crashes quickerAfter a big crash on the highway, police sometimes have to shut down the road to investigate what happened, but new technology could clear those scenes in less than half the time. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

FNB Tower Video Rendering
09/19/2017 05:44 PM
Over on Vimeo, there is a new video showing renderings of FNB Tower. This video is pretty cool and I can’t wait to see work start on this project. This will make a dramatic change to City Plaza when finished. Similar Posts: New Design Surfaces For Site 1 (February 10, 2013, 0 Comments) Charter Square […]

Pic of the Week
09/15/2017 03:00 AM
Looks like it is actually happening after so many years. Moore Square will close down this November and the redesign takes place throughout 2018. Similar Posts: Moore Square Redesign Cost and Dates (January 6, 2013, 1 Comments) Guest Post On Raleigh DLA (February 10, 2013, 2 Comments) RalCon Polls (January 5, 2013, 6 Comments)

New Upfit Activities in the Moore Square Historic District
09/13/2017 04:00 AM
Rendering for new storefront at 211 South Wilmington There’s work taking place in the Moore Square Historic District that may see new life in older buildings. Currently under review by the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is a new storefront for 211 South Wilmington. The building will be upfit with a new storefront that aims to […]

Pic of the Week
09/07/2017 03:00 AM
Townhomes on West Street The townhomes called West + Lenoir are taking shape along West Street. The units are almost all sold at the time of this writing. Similar Posts: The Apartment Mid-rise Boom is Fading in Downtown Raleigh (August 28, 2017, 12 Comments)

Fund the work of Raleigh’s Photo History Detective
09/05/2017 03:00 AM
If you spend time in downtown Raleigh, it’s not hard to run into historic photos of our city. Restaurants, shops, and offices have been getting photos from the State Archives office and framing them as part of their renovations and presence throughout the growing times of downtown Raleigh. These photos are maintained, labeled, and identified […]

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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.