Saturday, January 28, 2023

Steele Stories

This week’s Throwback Thursday feature is another of our occasional strolls down one of Sanford’s notable roadways.  This week, we visit of our leading streets of commerce for well over a century. Steele Avenue...

A(f)Fairs To Remember

While the pandemic has placed a temporary 1-year hold on the much beloved Lee County Regional Fair, a stroll through the history books makes 2 things very clear. First, there have been other occasions...

Basic Training

As we've noted before, Sanford began its life, and achieved its early notoriety as a railroad town. In the early 1870s a new railroad from Raleigh to Columbia, SC intersected with a small regional...

It’s A Steele!

This week's Throwback Thursday feature shines the spotlight on one of Sanford's leading streets of commerce for well over a century.  Steele Avenue covers roughly 15 blocks of terrain in downtown Sanford, ending just...

Holding Court

This week our Throwback Thursday feature takes a visit to some of the official government buildings in our community, starting with a look at the distinctive Lee County Courthouse.  While the location of the...

Soft Drinks On Hard Walls

As we toast the holiday season, we also make note of one advertising constant, that has been a Sanford presence for over a century. A casual cruise through present-day downtown reveals ghost signs promoting...

Lee County Fair Holds 80 Years Of Memories . . . Since 1913!

As the math would suggest, this week’s celebration of the 80th edition of the Lee Regional Fair doesn’t quite add up.  While we see a picture from the very first fair and take a...

County Classrooms

Schools across the area are beginning to work their way into their new school years. At a time when distance teaching is the norm, our Throwback column this week heads off to the distant...

Sanford’s Been Crazy About Loco-Motion

As we’ve noted previously, Sanford's been a "train town" since it's origins. In the early 1870s a new railroad from Raleigh to Columbia, SC was constructed, complete with an intersection with a small regional...

Outposts Out Of The Past

From it’s early days of dramatic population growth in the 1870s, the geographic area where Sanford (and Jonesboro prior to annexation) is located, has been the dominant focal point of the area that eventually...

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