02/17/12 131 W, 2 I - + 8 - 4 Maps of the Second State Fairgrounds

Did you know that the North Carolina State Fairgrounds was once located beside North Carolina State University? From 1873 to 1928, it occupied a 55-acre site known as Cook's Hill on then Hillsboro Road. When opened, the site was a quarter-mile west of the city limits. Below are two maps, a Sanborn Insurance Map from 1914, and an overlaid Wake County IMAPS street map. Observe that a section of the original race track has survived-- or at the land used for same-- as a curved section of Everette Avenue. (The maps don't perfect align. Blame the differences in map technologies between then and now.) Explore the Sanborn Map online. Or read more State Fair history. Readers can perhaps share other factoids. Click once or twice to enlarge.

Hillsboro Street was changed after the town of Hillsboro changed their name to Hillsborough in 1965. Here’s a little history of the street’s name: http://goodnightraleigh.com/2008/05/hist..
Legeros - 02/18/12 - 09:50

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