North Carolina Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Sunday, September 26, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 2 1/2 hours on the campus of the University of North Carolina and the surrounding area.  I walked an additional 2 hours on the campus of Duke University and the surrounding area.  I then walked another half hour in the city of Durham, North Carolina.

Highlights of the North Carolina leg of the tour:

  • I got plenty of sleep.
  • I got caught up on all my paperwork.
  • The University of North Carolina campus is beautiful.  I got a teeny bit lost on the way there, but no big deal.
  • I got to walk 2 campuses, as Duke University was only 10 miles away from UNC.
  • As great as the UNC campus was, I was truly inspired by the Duke Campus.  That area has tremendous “energy” and I can tell it’s a great center of learning.  There’s a lot of experience in those buildings.
  • I talked with a very interesting student while at Duke.
  • I had a delicious turkey sandwich for lunch.
  • I’m staying in North Carolina until 4:30 PM so I can watch my Houston Texans football game.  GO TEXANS !!!  (UPDATE – Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys beat my Texans like a drum today)

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of North Carolina:

  • North Carolina contains 100 counties.Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte. North Carolina is now ranked as one of the top 3 leading States for Green Technology, Bio-Chemical Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Computer Engineering through the long-range research and development programs of Research Triangle Park (RTP), UNC Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State.
  • Between 2007 and 2008, North Carolina was the third-fastest growing state by population in the United States, and the fastest growing state east of the Mississippi River.
  • North Carolina became one of the English Thirteen Colonies, and was originally known as Province of Carolina. Originally settled by small farmers, sometimes having a few slaves, who were oriented toward subsistence agriculture, the colony lacked cities or even towns. The menace of pirates along the seacoast retarded settlement, but by 1718 the pirates had been captured and executed. Growth was strong in the middle of the 18th century, as the economy attracted Scotch Irish, Quaker, and German immigrants. The colonists strongly supported the American Revolution, and there was some military action especially in 1780-81. About 8,000 men joined the Continental Army under General George Washington, well over 10,000 served in local militia units under such leaders as General Nathanael Greene.
  • On May 20, 1861, North Carolina was one of the last of the Confederate states to declare secession from the Union. Some 125,000 North Carolinians saw military service; 20,000 were killed in battle and 21,000 died of disease. The state government was reluctant to support the demands of the national government in Richmond, and the state was the scene of only small battles. With the end of the war in 1865, the Reconstruction Era began, slavery was abolished without any compensation to the owners. A coalition of black Freedmen, northern Carpetbaggers, and local Scalawags controlled state government for three years but the white conservatives were back in control by 1871. The system of Jim Crow  and legal segregation made the blacks into second-class citizens from the 1880s until 1964. Angry memories of Reconstruction helped make the Democratic Party dominant in state and national elections until the blacks finally were allowed to vote again in 1965.
  • North Carolina was impoverished by the Civil War, and became increasingly locked into a cotton economy. Towns and cities remained few in the east, but a major industrial base emerged in the late 19th century in the western counties based on cotton mills. The state was the site of the first successful controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, by the Wright brothers, near Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903. North Carolina was hard hit by the Great Depression, but the New Deal’s farm programs for cotton and tobacco significantly helped the farmers. After World War II, the state’s economy grew rapidly, highlighted by the growth of such cities as Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. In the 1990s, Charlotte became a major regional and national banking center.

Next stop, Huntington, WV – Marshall University.