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    Gastonia
    NC
    In 1929, Gastonia was the site of the Loray Mill Strike, the most notorious labor struggle in North Carolina history. The strike would have a profound effect on the union movement in the state for decades to come.
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    Lenoir
    NC
    Baseball great Rube Walker, born in Lenoir in 1926, was the Brooklyn Dodger catcher behind the plate when Bobby Thomson hit “The Shot Heard Round the World” in 1951.
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    Connelly Springs
    NC
    Was once known for the nearby mineral springs which were thought to be beneficial in curing many diseases.
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    Raleigh
    NC
    Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street pedestrian mall has been reconverted to vehicular traffic and to even greater glory as North Carolina’s ceremonial corridor.
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    Scotland Neck
    NC
    In 1722, a colony of Scotch Highlanders led by Lord Nairn settled in the "neck" of the Roanoke River. The name Scotland Neck first described the small communities that clustered around this original settlement.
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    Carthage
    NC
    Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that, from the mid-1800s to the 1920s, produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina.
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    Fairmont
    NC
    Fairmont was known as the “biggest little tobacco market in the world” during the 1950s.
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    Winston-Salem
    NC
    In 1951, Winston-Salem became the first municipality in the state to hire African American firemen after the Jim Crow era.
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    Aberdeen
    NC
    Originally named Blue's Crossing, Aberdeen was settled in the 1700s by Scottish emigrants. Aberdeen is the delight of railroad buffs, historians, artists and golfers.
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    Bladenboro
    NC
    BeastFest honors the mysterious (and never captured) vampire-like Beast of Bladenboro (or "BOB") that terrorized the community in the 1950s.

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