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Page 8 of 89 7 First to Declare Independence We've been forward-thinkers for nearly two and a half centuries. Local lore (albeit hotly debated) states that in May 1775 (more than a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed), Charlotte leaders proclaimed King George III's authority "null and void." Weeks later, Captain James Jack courageously carried revolutionary documents to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Today, visitors can spot his statue on the corner of Fourth Street and Kings Drive. First Queen City Although Cincinnati, Buff alo, Poughkeepsie and Springfi eld have all shared the nickname, the nation's fi rst Queen City is undoubtedly Charlotte, named a er Charlotte Sophia, the wife of King George III. Her homeland, northern Germany's Mecklenburg-Strelitz, is honored in the name of our county, Mecklenburg. First Gold Rush Nearly 40 years before California's gold rush, a 12 year old found something suprisingly shiny in a creek just east of Charlotte. e fi rst documented gold discovery in the U.S., Conrad Reed's 17-pound rock brought a rush of miners and prospectors to the area. In 1837, the fi rst branch of the U.S. Mint opened in the Queen City (this is where gold was stamped into coins); the building now houses the Mint Museum Randolph. First Professional Stock Car Race It was early summer in 1949 when the fi rst NASCAR Strictly Stock Division (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) race took place in front of an impressive crowd at the Charlotte Speedway, then a 3/4-mile dirt track located just a few miles from today's NASCAR Hall of Fame. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CABARRUS COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU - WWW.VISITCABARRUS.COM WHEN IT COMES TO NO. 1, CHARLOTTE PROUDLY CLAIMS THESE LANDMARKS. Spend a night at e Duke Mansion, e Dunhill Hotel or e Morehead Inn to experience the glory of Gilded Age architecture. P R O T I P ! LIVING HISTORY Discover Charlotte's past at these engaging attractions . Historic Latta Plantation Part of the Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve, this farm and museum demonstrate the circa-1800 lifestyle of cotton plantation settlers, planters and slaves. The Charlotte Museum of History Tour the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the oldest surviving house in the county, then visit the museum to see artifacts and replicas telling the history of the Carolina backcountry, plus modern exhibits about neighborhoods, sports and music. Wells Fargo History Museum Climb aboard a Concord stagecoach, use an interactive telegraph, and admire gold nuggets and rare coins while learning about Charlotte's mining history and the beginnings of the area's banking industry. Reed Gold Mine Just 40 minutes from Center City, you can picnic, hike, take an underground tunnel tour and certainly pan for gold at the site of the fi rst documented gold fi nd in the country. Charlotte Liberty Walk Nineteen historic sites along this walking tour tell the story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County during the American Revolution. Points of interest include Queen's College, Cook's Inn, Settler's Cemetery and the omas Polk homesite. Carolina History & Haunts Tours Not just for Halloween, this 90-minute, lantern-led tour features all the haunting tales of Uptown's ghostly past. 1995 The Carolina Panthers play their fi rst game 2007 The LYNX Blue Line light rail begins operation 1988 The Charlotte Hornets play their fi rst game 2004 The NBA returns to town as the Bobcats, owned by Michael Jordan 2014 BB&T Ballpark opens and the Charlotte Bobcats become the Charlotte Hornets again 1 Captain Jack Statue 2 Reed Gold Mine NOW 2 2018 Charlotte's 250th anniversary

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