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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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    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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    Morehead City
    NC
    The town of Morehead City was established as a commercial development by the Shepard's Point Land Company, and was named for John Motley Morehead, two-time governor of North Carolina.
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    Rutherford College
    NC
    Though originally named Excelsior, Rutherford College is now named for the college that was located here years ago.
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    Cornelius
    NC
    The damming of the Catawba River in 1963 to create Lake Norman was as influential as the cotton industry to Cornelius’ development and growth.
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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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    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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    Lillington
    NC
    Was named for John Alexander Lillington, an officer from North Carolina during the Revolutionary War who fought in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge in 1776 and served as brigadier general in the state militia.
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    Hickory
    NC
    Hickory was a pioneer in North Carolina and the nation in adoption of the council-manager form of government.
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    Mayodan
    NC
    The town is named after the converging Mayo and Dan Rivers.

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