(Editor’s Note: Each weekday in March we will be featuring a city in North Carolina in our “Marching Through North Carolina” series aimed at getting to know your state better from the mountains to the coast. In our firm, we serve all of North Carolina and enjoy learning about what makes us the same and different throughout the Tar Heel state. If you have any tidbits or suggestions about a featured city, please leave a comment on that city or town’s blog post.)
County: Cabarrus County
Concord, which means “with harmony”, was incorporated as a township in 1806. There is a good story behind why the town was named Concord. When discussions started about a county seat for Cabarrus County, there was a controversy to where it was to be located. After a compromise, the founders decided to use a name that conveyed harmony because both sides were able to come together on the decision.
Much like Gastonia, North Carolina, Concord’s early economy circulated around textile mills and saw a boom in population by way of railroad, which was constructed in the mid 1800’s.
Many of the textile mill owners of the area built homes on Union Street, which was and still is the main street of the city. These home would be the focus of a 1981 research project by Peter Kaplan entitled The Historic Architecture of Cabarrus County. This research project generated public support for a historic district featuring the houses in the city of Concord.
Concord’s city slogan, Where Racing Lives, says all you need to know about what is happening in the city today. Concord is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMax Dragway and the headquarters of Hendrix Motorsports which includes famous NASCAR drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Each year Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, which are stops on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Concord is also home to one of the biggest shopping centers in North Carolina, Concord Mills. The shopping center has 1.4 million square feet of retail area.
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