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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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    Mount Pleasant
    NC
    Reed Gold Mine, the site of America’s first gold rush, is located just five miles from Mount Pleasant.
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    New Bern
    NC
    In 1893, New Bern drug store owner Caleb Bradham invented “Brad’s Drink,” a blend of carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, vanilla and “rare oils.” On August 28, 1898, Caleb renamed his drink “Pepsi-Cola."
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    Stantonsburg
    NC
    Stantonsburg bills itself as “the best little town in North Carolina.”
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    Kings Mountain
    NC
    Kings Mountain takes its name from the Revolutionary battle fought five miles south, thus bringing meaning to the town’s motto, "The Historical City." This battle was very important in early American history, being proclaimed "the turning point."
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    Shelby
    NC
    Shelby was named as one of the first national and state Main Street communities in 1980.
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    Dillsboro
    NC
    Dillsboro has been a tourist town since 1886 when visitors began to arrive by train and spend several weeks. It is often stated that the first summer visitors were the Misses Nellie and Hattie Norfleet of Edenton.
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    Liberty
    NC
    Legend has it that during the Revolutionary War, British and Tory prisoners were held captive in a stockade near a crossroads where the town of Liberty was to be. When the prisoners were released at the end of the war, they shouted, “Liberty! Liberty!”
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    Concord
    NC
    Concord’s motto, “High Performance Living,” is appropriate. It is home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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    Waynesville
    NC
    The final shots of the Civil War, east of the Mississippi River, were fired near Sulphur Springs, near Waynesville, and General James Martin surrendered honorably on May 9, 1865.