Burlington, then the largest city in Alamance County, experienced a surge of industrial growth following World War II. All sectors of the city flourished during this period including civic improvements and health programs. Expansion of manufacturing was pivotal to the town's success, especially its most noteworthy manufactured good, hosiery. Burlington leaders also organized local markets where Alamance County farmers could sell their tobacco, instead of seeking buyers outside the county. As a benefactor of economic growth, health programs and local public schools thrived with new hospital facilities and high schools planned.