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After the Civil War, John T. Patrick, North Carolina State Commissioner for Immigration, was ordered to seek ways to bring settlers into the state to help bolster the nearly non-existent economy wrecked by the war. He chose to build a town in the Moore County Sandhills. Huttenhauser describes the project, which, because of the obstacles the location presented, was called at the time Patrick's Folly. The was named Southern Pines.