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Belmont lies between the South Fork and Catawba Rivers of western North Carolina. The Catawba Indians occupied the area for nearly five centuries prior to the mid-1700s, when the king of England granted large tracts of land to prominent citizens. Other land was settled by German and Scotch Irish farmers. The coming of the Charlotte & Atlanta Railroad in 1872 established a focal point around which the community grew, and by 1895, Belmont had been incorporated. As Belmont's population grew, so did the need for jobs other than farming. In 1901, brothers Robert Lee and Samuel Pinckney Stowe organized the first of many successful cotton mills, thus establishing Belmont's development as a textile center. By the late 1900s, textiles had faded and high-density residential areas replaced the former farmland. Today, Belmont residents continue to remember and celebrate their past through local venues, such as the world-class Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, as well as community events like the Belmont Fall Festival and Garibaldifest.
ISBN: 9781467133739
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 212
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Allen Millican, Gearl-Dean Page, and Jack Page are active members of the Belmont Historical Society (BHS). Allen is one of the seven founders of BHS and owner of the Millican Pictorial History Museum. Jack is also a founder of BHS and, along with his wife and coauthor, Gearl-Dean, is a Belmont native and retired educator. Together, the authors have selected photographs from the Millican Pictorial History Museum and compiled the accompanying text to tell the story of Belmont's ever-evolving history.