The North Carolina Gazetteer
first appeared to wide acclaim
in 1968 and has remained an essential reference for anyone with a
serious interest in the Tar Heel State, from historians to
journalists, from creative writers to urban planners, from
backpackers to armchair travelers.
This revised and expanded edition adds approximately 1,200 new
entries, bringing to nearly 21,000 the number of North Carolina
cities, towns, crossroads, waterways, mountains, and other places
identified here. The stories attached to place names are at the
core of the book and the reason why it has stood the test of time.
Some recall faraway places: Bombay, Shanghai, Moscow, Berlin.
Others paint the locality as a little piece of heaven on earth:
Bliss, Splendor, Sweet Home. In many cases the name derivations are
unusual, sometimes wildly so: Cat Square, Huggins Hell, Tater Hill,
Telling us much about our own history in these snapshot histories
of particular locales, The North Carolina Gazetteer
an engaging, authoritative, and fully updated reference to place
names from all corners of the Tar Heel State.