Timeline of Raleigh, North Carolina
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- 1587 - In a venture sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, John White and a group of colonists land on Roanoke Island at the site of a former, abandoned settlement to found the "Cittie of Raleigh," about 190 miles from present-day Raleigh, NC. John White returns to England for supplies, leaving behind his granddaughter Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World.
- 1590 - His return delayed by threats against England by the Spanish Armada, John White secures passage on a privateer. As the party stepped ashore, there was no sign of the colonists except the letters "CROATOAN" carved on a tree. This abandoned site later became known as the "Lost Colony."
- 1701 - John Lawson, English explorer, led a 600-mile expedition starting in Charleston, SC and ending at the mouth of the Pamlico River. His journey took him close to the site of what later became Raleigh, NC.
- 1770 - Joel Lane, a planter, successfully lobbies the colonial General Assembly to create Wake County.
- 1781 - Lane’s property was the setting for a session of the state General Assembly. At this time the settlement was known as Wake Courthouse, or Bloomsbury and contained a courthouse, a jail, a tavern or inn, and a log church called the Asbury Meetinghouse.
- 1798 - Cemetery established.
- 1799 - The North-Carolina Minerva and Raleigh advertiser relocates from Fayetteville to become the first Raleigh Newspaper.
- 1800 - Raleigh population is 669.
- 1801 - Raleigh Academy established.
- 1804 - Casso's Inn opens.
- 1813 - State Bank of North Carolina built.
- 1817 - Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina established in Raleigh
- 1819 - Raleigh Auxiliary Society for Colonizing the Free People of Colour of the United States established.
- 1820 - Population: 2,674.
- 1846 - Raleigh Guards established.
- 1850 - Charles Lee Smith house built.
- 1853 - Christ Episcopal Church built.
- 1861 - May 20: North Carolina secedes from the United States and joins the Confederate States of America.
- 1868 - July 4: North Carolina readmitted to the United States.
- 1875 - Institute for Colored Deaf, Dumb and Blind built.
- 1878 - Court Room and Post Office built.
- 1880 - The News & Observer in publication.
- 1881 - Tabernacle Baptist Church built.
- 1889 - North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens.
- 1890 - Union Station built.
- 1892 - Centennial of city founding.
- 1898 - First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company established.
- 1901 - Raney Memorial Library opens.
- 1903 - North Carolina Division of Archives and History headquartered in Raleigh.
- 1904 - Raleigh Woman's Club founded.
- 1905 - James I. Johnson becomes mayor.
- 1910 - Population: 19,218.
- 1912 - City Auditorium opens.
- 1913 - State Supreme Court Building constructed.
- 1914 - Daughters of the American Revolution Caswell-Nash Chapter formed.
- 1915 - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation headquartered in Raleigh.
- 1922 - WPTF radio begins broadcasting.
- 1923 - State Agricultural Building constructed.
- 1929 - Raleigh Municipal Airport opens.
- 1930 - The Mecca Restaurant opens.
- 1932 - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium opens.
- 1936 - Raleigh Little Theatre established.
- 1940 - Carolinian newspaper begins publication.
- 1943 - Raleigh–Durham Airport opens.
- 1945 - Area of city: 12.5 square miles.
- 1948 - Hi-Mount developed.
- 1949 - Cameron Village shopping centre in business.
- 1951 - York Industrial Center established near city.
- 1952 - Southland Speedway opens.
- 1954 - Farm Bureau Insurance Company building constructed.
- 1955 - Raleigh Farmers Market built.
- 1959 - Research Triangle Park development begins near city.
- 1961 - Center Drive-In cinema active.
- 1962 - Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company building constructed.
- 1965 - Area of city: 34.1 square miles.
- 1967 - North Hills Mall in business.
- 1970 - Population: 122,830.
- 1971 - Daughters of the American Revolution Micajah Bullock Chapter formed.
- 1975 - Raleigh Transit Authority established.
- 1977 - Isabella Cannon becomes mayor.
- 1978 - Haywood Hall Museum House established.
- 1979 - Jain Study Center of North Carolina founded.
- 1980 - Artsplosure begins.
- 1985 - Piedmont Zen Group formed.
- 1986 - Sister city relationship established with Hull, UK.
- 1987 - David Price becomes U.S. representative for North Carolina's 4th congressional district.
- 1988 - 1988 Raleigh tornado outbreak.
- 1989 - Sister city relationship established with Compiègne, France.
- 1990 - Population: 207,951.
- 1993 - Raleigh City Museum opens.
- 1995 - Historic Oak View County Park established.
- 1998 - Animazement convention begins.
- 1999 - 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
- 2000 - Population: 276,093.
- 2002 - Triangle Town Center shopping mall in business.
- 2005 - Raleigh Home Movie Day begins.
- 2007 - Marbles Kids Museum opens.
- 2010 - Population: 403,892.
- 2012 - Sister city relationship established with Nairobi, Kenya.
- 2013 - April: Moral Mondays protest begins.
- 2017 - Fire breaks out at Downtown Raleigh building, the largest the city has seen since the 1920s
- Raleigh history
- List of mayors of Raleigh, North Carolina
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wake County, North Carolina
- List of museums in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Timeline of North Carolina
- Timelines of other cities in North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Wilmington, Winston-Salem
- "Learn NC: Fort Raleigh and the Lost Colony".
- Chamberlain 1922.
- "Joel Lane House". National Park Service. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- Federal Writers’ Project 1939.
- Nergal 1980.
- "Calendar for 1905 with Dates of Important Events". Pocket Manual for the Use of Members of the General Assembly of North Carolina. 1905.
- "Eighteenth-Century American Newspapers in the Library of Congress".
- Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States: 1790 to 1990, US Census Bureau, 1998
- "History of the Justice Building". North Carolina Judicial Branch. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "(Raleigh)". This Day in North Carolina History. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- William Cathcart, ed. (1883). Baptist Encyclopaedia. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts.
- "US Newspaper Directory". Chronicling America. Washington DC: Library of Congress. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- State Board of Agriculture (1896). North Carolina and its Resources.
- Wodehouse 1967.
- "Institution Directory". Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Archived from the original on May 10, 2000. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- Frontis W. Johnston (1976). "North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1900-1975". North Carolina Historical Review. 53. JSTOR 23529619.
- North Carolina Manual. Raleigh: North Carolina Historical Commission. 1921.
- American Library Annual, 1917-1918. New York: R.R. Bowker Co. 1918.
- American Association for State and Local History (2002). "North Carolina: Raleigh". Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada (15th ed.). ISBN 0759100020.
- "Doers and Duties in One Club: Raleigh Women Meet Civic Needs", Life, 41 (26: The American Woman: Her Achievements and Troubles), December 24, 1956
- Jack Alicoate, ed. (1939), "Standard Broadcasting Stations of the United States: North Carolina", Radio Annual, New York: Radio Daily, OCLC 2459636
- "Movie Theaters in Raleigh, NC". CinemaTreasures.org. Los Angeles: Cinema Treasures LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "Growth Continues to Thrive in Downtown Raleigh". WRAL.com.
- 36 Hours in Raleigh 2014.
- "African American newspapers in North Carolina". Research Guides for North Carolina. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- National Park Service 2009.
- US Census Bureau (1957). Government in North Carolina. 1957 Census of Governments. U.S. Government Printing Office.
- Charles A. Alicoate, ed. (1960), "Television Stations: North Carolina", Radio Annual and Television Year Book, New York: Radio Daily Corp., OCLC 10512206
- Robert L. Harris Jr.; Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (2013). "Chronology". Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-51087-5.
- Pluralism Project. "Raleigh, NC". Directory of Religious Centers. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- Buddhism and barbecue: a guide to Buddhist temples in North Carolina, Univ. of North Carolina, 2001
- "Raleigh's Sister Cities". City of Raleigh. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
- "North Carolina". Official Congressional Directory. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991–1992.
- "Raleigh (city), North Carolina". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on March 14, 2009.
- Civic Impulse, LLC. "Members of Congress". GovTrack. Washington, D.C. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "Raleigh (city), North Carolina". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "More than 150 arrested at 'Mega Moral Monday' protest". WRAL. June 3, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- "Cleanup from largest Raleigh fire in decades to last into weekend". WRAL. March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- Federal Writers’ Project (1939). "Chronology". North Carolina: a Guide to the Old North State. American Guide Series. p. 567+ – via Open Library.
Published in 19th century
- Bishop Davenport (1838). "Raleigh". Pocket Gazetteer, or, Traveller's Guide through North America and the West Indies. Philadelphia: George & Byington.
- R.H. Long (1863), "Raleigh", Hunt's Gazetteer of the Border and Southern States, Pittsburgh, Pa.: John P. Hunt
- Raleigh Directory. 1875
- "Wake County". Branson's North Carolina Business Directory. 1884.
- Kemp Plummer Battle (1893). Early History of Raleigh. Raleigh: Edwards and Broughton, printers.
Published in 20th century
- Raleigh Directory. 1903
- Moses Neal Amis (1913). Historical Raleigh. Raleigh, NC: Commercial Printing Company.
- Hope Summerell Chamberlain (1922). History of Wake County, North Carolina. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co.
- Federal Writers’ Project (1939). "Raleigh". North Carolina: A Guide to the Old North State. American Guide Series. p. 233+.
- Lawrence Wodehouse (1967). "Alfred B. Mullett's Court Room and Post Office at Raleigh, North Carolina". Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 26. JSTOR 988457.
- Steven Stolpen, Raleigh: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, 1977).
- Ory Mazar Nergal, ed. (1980), "Raleigh, NC", Encyclopedia of American Cities, New York: E.P. Dutton, p. 274+, OL 4120668M
- Elizabeth Reid Murray, Wake: Capital County of North Carolina, Vol.1 of Prehistory through Centennial (Raleigh, 1983)
- R.B., Reeves III, ed., Raleigh 1792-1992: A Bicentennial Celebration of North Carolina's Capital City (Raleigh, 1992)
- Candy Lee Metz Beal, Raleigh: The First 200 Years (Raleigh, 1992)
- Linda Harris Edminsten and Linda Simmons-Henry, Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities (Raleigh, 1993)
- David Perkins, ed., The News and Observer's Raleigh: A Living History of North Carolina's Capital (Winston-Salem, 1994)
Published in 21st century
- Jennifer A. Kulikowski and Kenneth E. Peters, Images of America: Historic Raleigh (Charleston, 2002)
- William S. Powell, ed. (2006), "Raleigh", Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press (via NCpedia)
- "Post-World War II and Modern Architecture in Raleigh, North Carolina, 1945-1965" (PDF), Multiple Property Documentation Form, National Register of Historic Places, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 2009
- "36 Hours in Raleigh, N.C." New York Times. March 6, 2014.
- Raj Chetty; Nathaniel Hendren (2015), City Rankings, Commuting Zones: Causal Effects of the 100 Largest Commuting Zones on Household Income in Adulthood, Equality of Opportunity Project, Harvard University, archived from the original on 2015-05-06,
Rank #95: Raleigh, North Carolina
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- "City of Raleigh". North Carolina History Project. Raleigh, NC: John Locke Foundation.
- "History of Raleigh". City of Raleigh.
- Raleigh-related archived websites: "(Raleigh)" – via Internet Archive, Archive-It.
- Humanities and Social Sciences Division. "Resources for Local History and Genealogy by State: North Carolina". Bibliographies and Guides. Washington DC: Library of Congress.