History of Raleigh North Carolina: Following the American
Revolution, part of the former English colony of Carolina became
the state of North Carolina, and a permanent capital city was necessary.
In 1792, the city of Raleigh was established and named in honor
of navigator and historian Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh, North Carolina
has the distinction of being the only state capital to have been
established on land specifically purchased by the state for its
government seat. The city's founding fathers called Raleigh the
“City of Oaks,” and dedicated themselves to maintaining the area's
wooded tracts and grassy parks.
The seventeenth president of the United States -- Andrew Johnson
-- was born in Raleigh in 1808. Some 60,000 Union troops were quartered
in Raleigh when word came of President Lincoln's assassination in
April 1865. Torch-carrying troops, bent on revenge, headed downtown.
General John Alexander Logan stopped the troops at gunpoint, thus
saving Raleigh's downtown. Raleigh remained a rather sleepy state
capital until 1959 when an initiative by the State of North Carolina
carved out the now world-renowned Research Triangle Park just west
of the city. This nucleus of research has transformed the fine Raleigh
hotels, restaurants and attractions into one of the fastest growing
and most desirable cities to call home in America.
City of Raleigh Accolades & Awards:
#1 Entrepreneurial Hot Spot, Entrepreneur Magazine
2nd healthiest city for women, American Health for Women
Top 15 cities for job growth, Time Magazine
Top 50 places to retire, Fifty Fabulous Places to Retire