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Annie Oakley, famous performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, retired to North Carolina after 1915. She and her husband Frank worked at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, where she demonstrated and taught her marksmanship skills.
In the early 19th-century getting goods to eastern markets from the Piedmont region was hampered by a lack of good roads and railroad lines. Legislation passed in 1849 authorized construction of plank roads in which flat wooden planks were laid closely to make a firm roadbed. Ratcliff discusses how the roads were built and who used them. Plank roads had a short existence; expansion of railroad lines ended its use shortly before the Civil War.
How did the early settlers get their water? Main sources were wells, rainwater cisterns, river, and springs, but water from a faucet was unheard of. In the Moravian settlement at Salem, however, a waterworks was installed in 1778. Ratcliff describes how this system, which began with the use of bored oak and heart-of-pine logs, was created.