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Wake County, North Carolina
27601, 27603, 27604, 27605, 27606, 27607, 27608, 27609, 27610, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615
"The State Capital"
"You Can See the Whole State from Here!"
The City of Oaks
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Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh who, in the 1580's, wanted to establish the first English Colony on the shores of the new world, but was unsuccessful.
One of its nicknames is "The City of Oaks"
This history summary is from the Raleigh Public Affairs Department:
Chartered in 1792 to serve as the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is among the oldest cities in the United States. It was named to honor Sir Walter Raleigh who, two centuries earlier had sponsored the first English colony to settle in the New World.
Some 60,000 Union troops were quartered in Raleigh when
word came of President Lincoln's assassination in April 1865.
Torch-carrying troops, bent on revenge, headed downtown.
General John Alexander Logan stopped the troops at gunpoint,
thus saving Raleigh's downtown.
Raleigh remained a rather sleepy state capital until 1959 when an
initiative by the State of North Carolina carved out the now world
renowned Research Triangle Park just west of the city. This
nucleus of research has transformed the city into one of the fastest
growing, yet liveable spots to call home in America.
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The Carolina Hurricanes Hockey club
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
Raleigh City Museum
220 Fayetteville Street Mall
Joel Lane Museum House
Corner of St. Mary's and W. Hargett Streets
Built in the 1760's, this is Raleigh's oldest residence. Costumed docents help you learn the background and stories of the building.
Capital Area Visitor Center
301 N. Blount St.
An information site and rest center for visitors to Raleigh. Tours may also be arranged.
The Carolina Ballet
3101 Glenwood Ave., Suite 265
The North Carolina Symphony
2 E. South St.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Things to do in the Greater Raleigh area
Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble
An Annual event held each September.
at Moore Square in Downtown Raleigh
The seventeenth president of the United States -- Andrew Johnson -- was born in Raleigh in 1808.
Birthplace of President Andrew Johnson
Corner of Mimosa St. and Wake Forest Rd.
in the Mordecai Historic Park, see an antebellum plantation house, museum and more. President Johnson's birthplace is preserved here.
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Economy & Industry
with the state capital and at least six colleges in Raleigh, the economy is centered around government and education, but other parts of the economy contribute, just not as greatly.
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