Belmont | Construction of the railroad in 1871 is what originally linked Belmont to the other regions of Gaston County. The next year, the Caldwell Plantation was bought and eventually converted into Belmont Abbey by Benedictine monks. In 1895, the core of Belmont was finished officially establishing it as a town.
Belmont was very agriculturally rich until 1901, when it's first textile mill was established. In under 30 years, over 20 textile mills were built causing a spike in population growth. The population went from being 145 people to over 4,000 people.
Today, due to the rapid growth of Charlotte, the interest in Belmont continues to increase. It is a very short distance to Charlotte and surrounding areas, making Belmont the ideal destination to live.
Mount Holly | In the late 1780's the present town of Mount Holly was originally named Huntersville. In 1801, the town was issued a Post Office which would be operational until the name was changed to Woodlawn in 1836. In 1875, the town was named was changed after the Mount Holly Cotton Mill built that same year. The Cotton Mill of Mount Holly was the fourth mill that was built in Gaston County. 4 years late, a petition was passed along to residents confirming Mount Holly being incorporated into Gaston County.
CAROLINA THREAD TRAIL
The Carolina Thread Trail | Began from pressing environmental needs and concerns. In 2007, this project was successfully launched providing many different connecting trails. These trails lead into 15 different counties reaching out to over 2 million people. The overall goal of this project was to develop better educations, economic, and health.
MCADENVILLE | Known for its Christmas lights, a tradition dating back to 1956, when the town began decorating trees outside of the community center. The owner of the textile mill Mr. W.J. Pharr gave permission on the first year to decorate for Christmas. The first year there were 9 trees decorated in traditional Christmas colors. The next year, all of the trees around the lake along with the 9 trees were decorated with stringed lights. Over the many years this has been going on, people kept joining in and participating in this joyful tradition. In 2004 over 375 trees were decorated for this holiday. To this day, there are still over 375 trees decorated every year. The size of the trees vary tremendously 6 six feet to 90 feet. The favorite spot is the lake that is surrounded by 30 three trees with a fountain located in the center of the lake that sprays water 75 feet into the air. The streets are decorated with Christmas characters of all types, and street posts are decorated with wreaths.
CRAMERTON | A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Stuart Warren Cramer was very well known for in the textile industry. Cramer designed approximately 150 different mills, over thirty percent of all mills in the South at this time. Not only did Cramer design mills, he built eleven mills, and was a successful inventor. Using the money Cramer made from designing and building mills, he was able to buy several mills in the area jumping him to be the most successful mill owner in the area. Around 1910, the mill town was known as Mayworth which shortly after would be changed to Cramerton. After falling in love with a English manor home when on a trip in Europe, he decided to build one to be used as his summer home. The home was built in 1917, which sat on top of a mountain overlooking the town. The mountain that the home was built on is present day Cramer Mountain, home of Cramer Mountain Club.
The town of Dallas was incorporated into Gaston County as the seat of the county from 1846-1911. The town was named after the 11th Vice President of America, George Mifflin Dallas. The seat of Gaston County was eventually moved to Gastonia ending a historical era for Dallas. The Town of Dallas was nicknamed the "bedroom community" because of its close proximity to Charlotte. Located just north of Interstate 85, driving a small distance allowed many people to live in Dallas and commute to their job in Charlotte.
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Rankin Lake | A historic landmark established in 1922. Gastonia's second city park and original reservoir for the city's drinking water. Approximately an 80 acre lake with an 1.569 mile paved trail around the perimeter. A wooden boardwalk over the lake and two fishing piers. A lake office to handle boat rentals- canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.
Gastonia, History Revived| Construction began in Gastonia in 1873, the first major construction being the city's textile mills. By 1910, the city was home to 11 cotton mills, including theLoray Mill/Firestone Mill, which was at one time the largest cotton mill in the South.