Goldsboro, NC

Goldsboro NC is located in Wayne County

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Goldsboro NC is the seat of Wayne County and is the main city of the Goldsboro Metro Statistical Area. There are about 37,000 people living here. The town was incorporated in 1847, and is located in the Piedmont region (eastern NC) about 50 miles from Raleigh, the state capital. The famous Seymour Johnson Air Force Base calls Goldsboro NC home.

The city of Goldsboro NC started, like many eastern North Carolina towns, as a railroad junction. Wayne County was created in the late 1780s and the small town of Waynesborough grew within, eventually becoming the county seat.

In the 1840s, the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad was built and passed nearby. As a result, the population quickly relocated from Waynesborough to the area of New Bern Road, where the railroad station called passengers. The small community was named Goldsborough's Junction, in honor of Major Matthew T. Goldsborough, who was a senior engineer with the railroad.

By 1847 the town was granted incorporation and labeled as the new seat of Wayne County. The name was also changed simply to Goldsborough.

Goldsboro continued to thrive after an additional rail line connected Beaufort to Charlotte. The town's location was of central significance during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers and their supplies passed through Goldsboro, while troops were housed and cared for in the local hospitals.

The December, 1862 Battle of Goldsborough Bridge saw the Union Army burn the vital bridge used by the railroad for supply requisitions from Wilmington. Three years later when General Sherman came to town, about 100,000 Union soldiers occupied Goldsborough through the end of the war.

In 1869, Goldsborough became Goldsboro.

Perhaps the largest industry - and the common subject of Goldsboro - is the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, which has been active since 1942. In fact, the base has been vital to the growth and sustainability of Goldsboro NC.

Goldsboro Nuclear Accident

One of the scares of the Cold War involved the accidental dropping of two nearly 4 megaton hydrogen bombs from a B-52 Strato-fortress in the area of Faro, a small community about 12 miles from Goldsboro NC on January 24, 1961. Five of the eight crewmembers survived the incident when the giant B-52 U.S. Air Force bomber broke apart in flight. The disintegration of the plane caused the fuzing sequence to initiate for both bombs.

The Mark 39 was a thermonuclear bomb common in the American arsenal in the late 1950s and 1960s. It is 35 inches wide and about 9 feet long. Compared to the Japan bombs (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) of .01 and .02 megatons, the 6,000-pound "MK39" bombs were dropped after the aircraft started to break up in flight. Three of four safety devices on one of these bombs did not work properly. Only a single electrical "ready-safe" switch prevented disaster.

One bomb was located and recovered after its parachute deployed, while the second was only partially intake. It was determined that the generator's safety pins in the recovered bomb had been pulled during the incident, averting an explosion.

The uranium core in the other bomb had apparently gone so deep into the murky swamp that it could not be salvaged. This bomb went into an armed mode after impacting the ground, but also did not explode.

Pickles!

The Goldsboro area is also known for its pickles, as the Mt. Olive Pickle Company is located in nearby Mt. Olive. Each year in April the town holds the Picklefest, and on New Year's Eve a large pickle is lowered into a pickle vat - a local rendition of the apple drop in New York City each year.

Quick Facts About Goldsboro, NC

Population: 37,000

Medium Age: 36

Medium Household Income: $33,000

Home Values: $107,000

Goldsboro NC Zip Codes

27530
27531
27532
27533
27534

Schools

Goldsboro High School
Spring Creek High School
Eastern Wayne High School
Southern Wayne High School
Rosewood High School
Wayne Early/Middle College
Charles B. Aycock High School
Wayne School of Engineering

Brogden Middle School
Eastern Wayne Middle School
Norwayne Middle School
Spring Creek Middle School
Greenwood Middle School
Mount Olive Middle School
Dillard Middle School
Rosewood Middle School
Grantham School
Rosewood Elementary School
School Street Elementary School
Meadow Lane Elementary School
Brogden Primary School
Northeast Elementary School
Spring Creek Elementary School
Carver Elementary School
Northwest Elementary school
Carver Heights Elementary School
Dillard Academy
Eastern Wayne Elementary School
Fremont Stars Elementary School
North Drive Elementary School
Tommy's Road Elementary School



Faith Christian Academy
St. Mary's Catholic School
Wayne Christian School
Wayne Country Day School
Pathway Christian Academy

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