Durham, NC: From a Small Train Stop to Leading the World
The 19th-century railroad is the primary reason for Durham's location, as a stop was needed between the already established cities of Raleigh and Hillsboro. Known as Durham Station for its first 20 years, Durham was slow to grow, but as its thriving tobacco industry grew so did the city. Incorporated in 1869 and named after Dr. Barlet Durham, Durham continued to grow from its tobacco industry - so successful, in fact, that the government forced Washington Duke and sons to break up their business. The Dukes turned their attention to power generation and invested in Duke Power (now Duke Energy), and in 1924, James Buchanan Duke established Duke University.
Innovation in Research Triangle Park
In 1958, Duke University made a far-sighted move and, along with UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, they persuaded NC Legislature to purchase a large tract of land, and use it to create the nation's first "science park," now known as "Research Triangle Park." A huge success, the RTP (as it's known) is a hotbed of companies in Morrisville who enjoy the benefits of a steady flow of excellent candidates provided by these three, and other, stellar universities.
Downtown Durham Renovation
As the RTP continued to expand, the surrounding areas celebrated growth as well. New residential locations were created to accommodate the influx of residents joining companies moving to, or expanding in "The Triangle." As a result Durham stepped up its downtown revitalization, and redeveloped the former tobacco districts, and constructed a new Durham Bulls Athletic Park (the same team as in the 1988 movie, 'Bull Durham'), and the Durham Performing Arts Center.
New construction downtown has brought an influx of cultural festivals, symphonies, concerts, and art exhibits - including the American Dance Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The Carolina Theatre is another notable cultural establishment featuring concerts, art, and comedy. Durham is also known for its active music and visual arts scene.
Duke University and Durham
Duke University's presence in Durham cannot be ignored. The University has played a major part in the history of the city and continues to provide Durham's residents with an ultra-modern hospital and a plethora of sporting events. Duke competes in 26 sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference, along with its neighboring universities - NCSU and UNC. Heavy rivalries are a result of three strong educators in such a (relatively) small area, and the competition is known around the country, and is affectionately known as the 'tobacco road' rivalry.
Durham is an Excellent Place to Call Home
But, no matter which team or university you root for (and locals will make you pick one - just kidding) the tensions are only felt during a heated basketball, baseball, or football game. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more amicable group of people than you will in Durham - one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. Many people call Durham home for many reasons, you have many to choose from - location, education, work, community, arts, culture, and history are just a few. Plus, you're only minutes away from nearby conveniences in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest and more!
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