Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Mr. Duke's Railway: The Piedmont & Northern": Free Program at Levine Museum

Charlotte – Before the banks, Charlotte had textiles. And companies
couldn't move textiles without rail.
April marks the 100th anniversary of The Piedmont & Northern Railroad.
Cousin to the streetcar, this electric, interurban railroad connected
Charlotte with textile towns in North Carolina and the South Carolina
upcountry. The P&N, which began as a project of James Buchanan Duke
and the company now known as Duke Energy, was essential for
developing business and bringing wealth to the region. Today, plans
are afoot to revive part of the line running west from Panthers
Stadium with the much-loved vintage Charlotte Trolley.
Learn more about this fascinating part of Charlotte's history at a
free program. "Mr. Duke's Railway: The Piedmont & Northern" takes
place on Sunday, April 1, 3 pm, at Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. The speaker is Bill Jeffers, researcher for the
Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Reservations are
required. Call 704/-714-4445 or email to reserve.
"Mr. Duke's Railway: The Piedmont & Northern" is part of the Explore
History! series sponsored by The Duke Mansion and Levine Museum of the
New South. For more information, visit or