Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A History of Raleigh’s Water, Chapter 1

Raleigh's earliest attempts at treating its water supply from Scott Huler. Read more at

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Civil War in Raleigh

Historian Ernest Dollar speaks about Raleigh's role in the end of the Civil War via Raleigh Public Record.

The Civil War in Raleigh, Part 1 from RaleighPublicRecord on Vimeo.

The Civil War in Raleigh, Part 2 from RaleighPublicRecord on Vimeo.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hillsborough Street in 1910.

Source: Raleigh Illustrated, 1910

We are standing at the intersection of Hillsborough and Salisbury with Hillsboro Street Christian Church and Edenton Street United Methodist Church in the background.
There is a color postcard of the image with some great details on Goodnight Raleigh.
In the distance, you can see the streetcar coming down the tracks. Check out this news story from WRAL on January 7, 2010 when “crews installing a sewer line beneath a new traffic circle at the intersection of Hillsborough and Morgan streets recently unearthed streetcar tracks that date to 1891.”

Raleigh Motor Car & Machine Company, 1910s

Raleigh Motor Car & Machine Company

Source: Raleigh Illustrated
Author: Raleigh (N.C.). Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Merchants Association
Publisher: Raleigh, N.C., Printed by Edwards & Broughton Printing Co
Year: 1910

With the advent of the automobile, new industries have sprung up, having as their object the sale, storage and repair of these machines. Raleigh has a worthy representative of this business in the Raleigh Motor Car and Machine Company, who occupy large premises, 120 by 50 feet in dimension, at 109 East Morgan Street. This is a two-story brick building and includes a large and commodious garage, machine shop and offices. They have ample space in which to display the machines which they have for sale, and also to store the machines belonging to other parties and taken care of at this establishment.

They are State agents for the far-famed “Jackson” car, and anticipate, from present appearances, having a sale for 1910 of one hundred of these cars. The Raleigh Motor Car and Machine Company was organized in 1909 and was incorporated in November of that year, with a capital stock of $25,000. This company, in addition to its garage and sales business, does quite an extensive livery business, renting machines by the hour or day. Parties are taken to any section of the surrounding country and every chauffeur employed is an expert and has a thorough knowledge of his machine.
The capital of the company is largely controlled by Dr. A. W. Goodwin, the president, one of Raleigh’s well-known practicing physicians and a gentleman who is interested in several local concerns.

The vice-president and manager is H.D. Wolcott, a gentleman who has been a resident of Raleigh for only a few months. He had the honor of being the sixth man in the United State to operate a motor car, and has been in business for the last sixteen years. What he doesn’t know about automobiles is hardly worth knowing, and what he does know about them makes him the best possible man to fill his present important potion. The secretary-treasurer of the company if L. McA. Goodwin, a young man who is well known and popular throughout the city.

Source: Motor Word Wholesale Volume 38, 1913
Dealer Gets Judgment for Deposit

The Raleigh Motor Car & Machine Co., of Raleigh, N.C., which at one time was a Jackson dealer, secured a verdict of $1,786.10 in the Supreme Court for New York County against the Jackson Motor Co., of Jackson, Mich., as part of an unreturned deposit on a dealer’s contract.

The Raleigh Company signed up to sell Jacksons in 1910 and deposited $2,000. $420 of which it was refunded as it took cars. It claimed, however, that the Jackson Company failed to ship cars as ordered and interfered with the retail sales and the completion of the contract. The dealer, therefore, asked that the remainder of the $2,000 be refunded and the Jackson Company refused, wherefore the suit was brought.