15 Amazing Facts You Should Know About Charlotte, NC But Probably Don’t
Charlotte, NC has class, charm, history and character to spare.
It’s a beautiful city, with expansive green spaces, a thriving culture and a friendly population. Charlotte was home to the first gold rush, is a major banking hub, a host of thundering NASCAR races and has damn fine barbecue.
Even if you already know all these things, here’s 15 more amazing facts you probably don’t know:
- The first gold rush happened in Charlotte. In 1799, miners found a 17-lb chunk of gold setting off a mad digging spree. In the blink of an eye Charlotte went from small town to expanding metropolis. Fortunes were made and lost over the following decades.
- According to a study conducted by CommercialCafé, Charlotte ranks a respectable 6 out 20 of the best cities for new startups.
- Charlotte is the “city of trees” with the goal of having a 50% canopy by 2050.
- Charlotte is also known as The New Energy Capital with more than 250 businesses in the energy industry.
- Downtown Charlotte is actually called “Uptown”. The story goes it was so named because at the time that part of the city stood on a hill, thus going “up” to reach it.
- NASCAR is king in the Queen City, and they even based their Hall of Fame here. In neighboring Concord, North Carolina, you’ll find the Charlotte Motor Speedway – “the greatest place to see a race”.
- Tarheels love their BBQ. In fact, Charlotte may have opened North Carolina’s first barbecue restaurant in 1899.
- Charlotte’s NBA team is named the Hornets after an incident from the Revolutionary War. In 1780, when British General Charles Cornwallis moved his forces through Charlotte he met with such fierce resistance that he referred to the city as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion”.
- Charlotte has family with 8 sister cities around the world including Arequipa, Peru – Krefeld, Germany – Baoding, China and Kumasi, Ghana.
- Wilkinson Boulevard’s Dairy Queen is the last remaining Dairy Queen with the “Eskimo”-style roof and is a designated historical landmark.
- Charlotte is the largest metropolis in the U.S. without its own zoo.
- If you like pimento cheese sandwiches, then you need to move to Charlotte. Titled the “Pimento Cheese Capital Of The World” more pimento cheese is served here than anywhere in the nation.
- The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, founded in 2009, is the oldest brewery in Charlotte.
- Charlotte is the only major city in the U.S. to have not one, but two nuclear power plants servicing its energy needs.
- The city took a page from the riverwalk in San Antonio, TX when it created its Little Sugar Creek Greenway project, employing many of the same ideas and concepts.
So there you have 15 of the most interesting facts about one of the best cities in the world. But Charlotte has way more to offer – you just need to get out there an experience it.
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