Local News:

City of Durham launches website for new police chief input
11/25/2015 06:49 PM
WRAL NewsDurham city officials announced Wednesday that a new website has been launched for resident who are interested in providing feedback about factors the city should consider while searching for the Bull City's next police chief.

Johnston County couple killed in murder-suicide
11/25/2015 06:12 PM
Couple killed in Clayton murder-suicideA Clayton couple died Monday night in a murder-suicide, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

One killed in Raleigh truck accident
11/25/2015 05:46 PM
WRAL NewsA man was killed after being run over by a truck around noon on Gresham Lake Road in Raleigh on Wednesday.

7-year-old shot; homeowner charged with assault
11/25/2015 03:51 PM
Brandon Ross Wake County sheriff's deputies blanketed a northeast Raleigh neighborhood Wednesday and found a gun they believe was used to shoot a 7-year-old Tuesday night.

NC teens can now text for answers about sex
11/25/2015 03:47 PM
recovered cellphone dataNorth Carolina teens, comfortable using text messaging for communications big and small, can now turning to a text line for information about sexuality and relationships. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Winterfest Celebration on Saturday, December 5
11/18/2015 09:29 AM
Planning is fun but so is getting out in our downtown. This year’s Winterfest will be on Saturday December 5 and it will include a whole list of activities. There will of course be the ice rink, Raleigh’s only natural ice rink which runs up through the end of January. The December event will include […]

A Walk Around the News & Observer Block
11/18/2015 04:00 AM
It’s great to introduce a new project to follow here on the blog. Just this week, it was announced that the News & Observer has reached a deal to sell their headquarters site in downtown Raleigh to local developers. The deal is one of the biggest, coming in at $20.2 million for the 3-acre site. […]

Diving Into The Site Plans for The Dillon
11/17/2015 04:00 AM
Preliminary rendering of The Dillon, released in June 2015 Last week, site plans for The Dillon were submitted to the city and posted on their website. You can dive into it yourself here (when I looked, it was incorrectly spelled “dillion”) or follow along with the highlights below. Some quick background first. The Dillon is […]

Municipography, Parking and Outdoor Seating, The Finale
11/11/2015 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 […]

Pic of the Week
11/09/2015 04:00 AM
114 Fayetteville Street, November 2015 I hadn’t really thought much about what was going on at 114 Fayetteville Street until recently. I walked by and noticed that the second and third floors have been removed. In the last ten years this building has been tinkered with so much but produced nothing. At one point, the […]

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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.