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for The State Vol. 39 Issue 5, Aug 1971
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In 1817 Denison Olmsted was appointed professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also had an intense interest in the geology and mineral resources of the state and proposed to the North Carolina Legislature that they hire him to do a survey. Turned down at first, he was later hired by them for the summers of 1824 and 1825. The Olmsted Survey has often been referred to as the first geological survey in the United States and was the first geological work which included publications (most notably The American Journal of Science) carried out at public expense.
Clarence Harris, owner of P & H Plate Glass Co. in Carrboro, has developed a method of reusing broken glass by grinding scrap glass in such a way that it will not cut a person yet retains its jewel-like glitter. Harris says the uses for the glass are virtually unlimited, for example, sandblasting, making concrete, and filtering swimming pools. The glass produces an eye-catching sparkle and color when embedded in concrete or asphalt.
When Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock was named a National Historic Shrine, fifteen other area homes were designated candidates for the National Register of Historic Places. One of the structures was named \"Tranquility\" and was built by Edward Read Memminger, who was the son of the Secretary of the Confederate Treasury.