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for Our State Vol. 70 Issue 4, Sept 2002
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Benson is OUR STATE magazine's featured Tar Heel town of the month. The town was incorporated in 1887 and began as a farming community and mule-trading center. This part of town history is remembered each September as the town celebrates Benson Mule Days. Today, location at the junction of interstates 40 and 95 gives the town a solid economic base and makes it attractive to businesses seeking to relocate.
Finding a place for real home cooking while traveling on an interstate is a chore, and most travelers opt for the nearest fast food emporium. However, real food is there if one knows where to look. Martin explores Interstate 77 from the South Carolina line to Davidson with stops at John's Family Restaurant (Charlotte); Coffee Cup (Charlotte); Open Kitchen (Charlotte); and the Soda Shop (Davidson).
To many North Carolinians, the flood that followed Hurricane Floyd was \"the\" flood. However, there have been other floods, and the one in 1916 was one of the most devastating. Twenty-two inches of rain fell over the western mountains in twenty-four hours in July. Eighty people were killed, and property damages were almost $23 million.
Dan Finch, East Carolina University graduate, class of '70, wears many hats. Wiegand describes the activities of this versatile artist-agriculturalist whose pottery is in museums, including Charlotte's Mint Museum of Art, and whose blueberry farm near Bailey is one of the world's largest suppliers of blueberry plants.
When Clyde Cooper opened Cooper's Barbecue on East Davis Street in Raleigh in 1938, he proclaimed it \"a good place to eat.\" Sixty-four years later that's still true. Jackson takes the reader inside the restaurant which still maintains the look and feel of an old-time barbecue joint in the shadow of modern, downtown Raleigh buildings.
Most people remember George Vanderbilt as the builder of Biltmore Estate near Asheville. Less well-known is his influence on forest management in the nation. Surrounding his home were 125,000 acres of forest which he named Pisgah. Vanderbilt was determined that his woods would not be subject to a \"cut down and move on\" policy prevalent in the nation at that time. Ellis discusses Vanderbilt's vision of well-managed forests.