The History of Raleigh Street Names

March 3, 2018 Ben Mathis

The History of Raleigh Street Names

Ever wonder where street names come from?

I know I have.

Most people don’t recognize that street names actually have stories behind them that are attributed to events or people.

The streets in Raleigh all have ties to the original founders and creators of our infrastructure. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Six Forks – According to William Powell’s “The North Carolina Gazetteer” the road is named for a former “community in northern Wake County near the head of Mine Creek where six roads come together.
  2. Avent Ferry Road apparently did involve a ferry that operated from 1775 to 1926. The Sir Walter Raleigh Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames also noted that the ferry helped people cross the Cape Fear River near N.C. 42 until a bridge was constructed.
  3. Jones Sausage Road takes its name from the Jesse Jones Sausage Company. General Mills purchased in 1968, and it eventually was shut down after an accident in the Slim Jim factory.

Full Article by Aaron Moody in News and Observer: Where Did Raleigh Streets Get Their Names?

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