Charlotte Official Visitors Guide

2017

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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8 charlottesgotalot.com Looking forward If you stand at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, you'll see four statues on the corners. They represent commerce, industry, transportation and the future. Three of the statues are facing toward the sculpture that signifi es the future. Gold rush California wasn't the only state with a gold rush! North Carolina had her own from 1805 to 1823, right here in the Queen City. The Mint Museum Randolph is housed in the original branch of the United States Mint, where this gold was minted into coins. Then and now Charlotte was a dominant presence in the textile industry between 1880 and 1914, and Atherton Mill was a major player. Today, you can swing by Atherton Mill and Market for coffee or produce; take a moment to appreciate the historical connection on your visit. Hornets buzz The Charlotte Hornets' beloved mascot has signifi cance beyond the NBA team's purple and teal jerseys. When British General Cornwallis came through the area during the Revolutionary War, he encountered more than he bargained for and dubbed the area "a hornet's nest of rebellion." The nickname stuck, and that's why you'll see hornet's nest symbols all over town, including on police offi cers' uniforms. It's called Uptown Ever wonder why the center of Charlotte is called Uptown instead of downtown? Historically, it's because this is the highest elevation point in our city. In more recent years, there was a formal declaration proclaiming Uptown the offi cial name of the shopping and business district found at the heart of Charlotte. Queen Charlotte The city of Charlotte is named after Charlotte Sophia, the wife of King George III. Mecklenburg County is an homage to her homeland, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, located in northern Germany. You can spot Queen Charlotte in statue form at the airport and in Uptown. By Lauren Levine HER STORY Charlotte continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Despite all the changes, many aspects of the Queen City we love today have roots dating back further than you may realize. Ever wonder why the center of Charlotte is called Uptown instead of downtown? Historically, it's more recent years, there was a formal declaration proclaiming Uptown the offi cial name of the shopping and business district found at the heart of Charlotte. named after Charlotte Sophia, today have roots dating back further than you may realize. The Square Captain Jack Statue Metalmorphosis

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