Concord NC is located in Cabarrus County.
December 4, 2015
Located just northeast of Charlotte and in the county of Cabarrus, Concord NC is an All-America City. It has a population of about 80,000 residents and is home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A number of NASCAR drivers have the main offices and operations in Concord.
The first people to settle in Concord NC were Scotch Irish Presbyterians and German Lutherans. As religion ran deep in the people of the day, it was important the community had a church preacher. A request to King George III was made and Adolphus Nussmann arrived from Hanover, Germany to take the helm.
A cotton mill was being built in Concord NC in 1839, just north of the city. By 1842 the mill was in operation, and within 8 years it employed 70 people.
The North Carolina Railroad arrived just west of Concord in the 1850s, thus ensuring growth as cotton goods and other items could be shipped out.
During the Civil War Concord NC fell to the Union but returned quickly to Confederate hands.
The courthouse burned to the ground in 1875, but was rebuilt with today's building.
In 1877 the Concord Cotton Factory was bought by J. M. Odell, who within 15 years improved it from 1,500 spindles and no looms to 21,000 spindles and hundreds of looms. Another company, Kerr Bag Manufacturing was also an important business in Concord.
In 1888 the Concord National Bank opened under the leadership of the textile giants, and managed by Daniel Branson Coltrane. Within two years, Concord's population has grown from 800 to 4,000 people. The town was booming.
A brick manufacturer was producing tens of thousands of bricks each day in an attempt to supply the demand as buildings were raising daily. A dummy line street railway ferried townsfolk from the train depot. The Concord City School, with 6 teachers, provided for education. Two fancy hotels, the Morris House and St. Cloud provided lodging to travelers and visitors. And, at the turn of the century, Concord NC had grown to a population of 8,000.
Soon, a fire department with paid firefighters was established. It was a major improvement over the volunteer firefighters from the Concord Hose and Reel Company. The new fire brigade operated out of the new town hall building, along with the police, mayor, and tax collector. By 1911 Concord had a post office.
Concord NC established itself as a state (and national) leader in growth during the 1900s. The population grew to 13,500 by the late 1930s, local banks saw rapidly-increasing deposits, and paved streets abounded. Lumber, oil, hosiery, and cotton mills were plenty. Gas, foundry, oil, and ice plants provided needed services.
Unlike those simple years where church was the central play, Concord NC today has plenty of action. The famous Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR SpeedPark are among the largest draws. Also, two malls and a dragway offer fun and excitement for visitors.
Memorial Garden, a two century-old Presbyterian cemetery is located on three acres of the North Union Historic District.
During the 1980s Concord experienced even more growth with the annexation of land that increased the population to 26,000 and added Charlotte Motor Speedway's motor sports complex and the Philip Morris Cigarette company to the town proper.
Concord is in Cabarrus County in North Carolina
Medium Age: 35
Medium Household Income: $50,000
Home Values: $161,000
Concord is made up of three zip codes: 28025, 28026, 28027
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