How did High Point get its name?

The highest point surveyed along any railway is designated as the “high point.” In determining the least expensive-to-build route for the Greensboro to Lexington leg of the North Carolina Railroad in 1850, the survey crew crossed the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road and noted that the highest point along the whole survey was where the railroad line crossed the plank road - in this case, 943 feet above sea level. By 1859 when the town was chartered, "High Point" was the preferred name for the community growing up around the high point at the crossroads of the new North Carolina Railroad and the old Fayetteville and Western Plank Road.

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1. Where do I start with my genealogy research?
2. How did High Point get its name?
3. What is the National Register?
4. How can I learn more about the city's historic markers?
5. What is a local historic district?
6. What is a local landmark property?
7. What are the requirements of local designation?
8. How can I find a family member's birth, marriage, or death information?
9. How can I get a copy of a family member's obituary?
10. How can I research my African-American family heritage?
11. How do I get military service records for me or a relative?
12. How do I find tax information on a High Point property?
13. When is the High Point Museum open?
14. What is the oldest building in High Point?
15. Where would I find a photograph of a High Point historic home or building, or of a person or family member who lived in High Point?
16. How can I get more information on a piece of furniture I have which was made by a company in High Point?
17. How do I make a historic marker request?