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Fascinating Historical Photos of Charlotte, NC in the 1910s

Charlotte’s population grew during World War I when the United States government established Camp Greene north of Wilkinson Boulevard. Following the war, many veterans and suppliers remained in Charlotte. In 1918, the textile industry in nearby Gastonia and Kannapolis facilitated significant growth. The American textile industry began in New England, but Charlotte got ahead in the 1920s.

One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods was still under construction during the 1920s. Construction on Myers Park began in 1911 and continued until 1918. Duke Mansion, one of the area’s most famous residences, was initially built in 1890 by James B. Duke (the man who brought hydroelectricity to the South), who subsequently expanded it. Along with providing cheap electric power, Duke endowment also funded several of the state’s most prestigious institutions, including Duke University, Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University, and several hospitals and churches.)

Below are some stunning historical photos that show what Charlotte looked like in the 1910s. Also, check Charlotte in the 1900s.

#1 Van Every building from the quad, 1910s

Van Every building from the quad, 1910s

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#2 Mecklenburg Hall sign, 1910s

Mecklenburg Hall sign, 1910s

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#3 Selwyn Hotel, 1912

Selwyn Hotel, 1912

The Selwyn Hotel was located on West Trade Street. The Realty Building or Independence Building can be seen in the background. Trolley tracks are clearly visible.

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#4 Mecklenburg Auto Company, 1911

Mecklenburg Auto Company, 1911

The Mecklenburg Auto Company was located at 211 South Church Street.

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#5 Mecklenburg Auto Company, 1911

Mecklenburg Auto Company, 1911

The Mecklenburg Auto Company was located at 211 South Church Street. T.E. James was the president.

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#6 Mecklenburg Auto Company, 1911

Mecklenburg Auto Company, 1911

The Mecklenburg Auto Company at 211 South Church Street.

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#7 Charlotte Firemen with Colonel Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick, who was Charlotte’s Mayor, 1916

Charlotte Firemen with Colonel Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick, who was Charlotte's Mayor, 1916

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#8 Charlotte University Students, 1911

Charlotte University Students, 1911

Charlotte University School was located at Sixth and North Tryon Streets. This is a school portrait of the class of 1911. Featured are Professor H.W. Glasgow, George Wearn, U, ___ McCloud, Frank Dowd, Eli Todd McNinch, Pete Crayton, Joe Mason, Graham Hunter, Pelhorn Stockton, Steve Miller, Archie Wakefield, John Berryhill, Thorne Ranson, Harry Weeks, ___ Howard, Joe Crayton, Todd Misenheimer, Neil Overman, James H. Carson, H.F. Buchanan, Tom Taliaferro, Randolph Seaver, Hamilton Anthony, Frank Patterson, Robert Cochrane, Carol King, Steve Davis, Francis Clarkson ( later became Judge), Charles Guthrie, Norman Young, Courtney Overman, Jesse Shoemaker, Robert Torrance.

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#9 Belk Brothers Department Store, 1911

Belk Brothers Department Store, 1911

Employees of Belk Brothers in front of the entrance at 119 East Trade Street. Belk Brothers opened the Charlotte store on September 25, 1895.

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#10 Presbyterian College, 1911

Presbyterian College, 1911

Presbyterian College was the precursor to Queens College. This building was located on the corner of College and Ninth Streets. When the school changed its name to Queens, the school moved to the Myers Park area.

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#11 Charlotte Sanatorium, 1912

Charlotte Sanatorium, 1912

The Charlotte Sanatorium operated from 1907 to 1942. This 100 room, privately owned hospital was located at the southeast corner of Seventh and Church Streets. The building was later used for offices before being demolished in the mid-1950s.

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#12 Camp Greene Trenches, 1918

Camp Greene Trenches, 1918

Training soldiers for trench warfare was essential at Camp Greene. The latter was a World War I training camp.

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#13 Camp Greene Mess Hall.1918

Camp Greene Mess Hall.1918

The Mess Hall at Camp Greene, the World War I military training base in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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#14 Boxing at Camp Greene, 1918

Boxing at Camp Greene, 1918

Soldiers boxing at Camp Greene, a World War I training camp in Charlotte.

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#15 First Presbyterian Church, 1910

First Presbyterian Church, 1910

Located at Trade and Church Streets, First Presbyterian Church is the site of one of the first churches built in the city of Charlotte. The original church was completed in 1923. The current church was built in 1895. It became know as First Presbyterian Church in 1873 with the organization of Second Presbyterian Church.

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#16 Charlotte Country Club Grounds, 1913

Charlotte Country Club Grounds, 1913

Charlotte Country Club is known for its golf course.

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#17 Charlotte Country Club, 1917

Charlotte Country Club, 1917

Charlotte Country Club began as The Mecklenburg Club in 1910. This first Club was located west of the city adjoining a pond on or near Stewart Creek. The activities of this early Club were confined to card games, picnics, boating, and fishing. The name was changed to Charlotte Country Club in 1917. The club moved to its present location in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood in 1931.

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#18 Camp Greene YMCA Building, 1918

Camp Greene YMCA Building, 1918

Camp Greene was a military base located near Charlotte during World War I. The camp included a hospital, library, a YMCA and other buildings.

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#19 North Graded School, 1913

North Graded School, 1913

North Graded School was located at 9th and Brevard Streets. Frank P. Milburn of Washington, D.C. was the architect. The school opened in 1900.

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#20 Camp Greene Soldiers on Drill Field, 1917

Camp Greene Soldiers on Drill Field, 1917

Soldiers standing at attention on Camp Greene Drill Field. Camp Greene was a World War I training facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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#21 Soldiers from Camp Greene washing their uniforms, 1917

Soldiers from Camp Greene washing their uniforms, 1917

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#22 Aerial view of Charlotte, 1911

Aerial view of Charlotte, 1911

Sky line, showing City Hall, Realty Building and Selwyn Hotel, Charlotte, NC.

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#23 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1910

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1910

St. Peter's Episcopal Church. This church is located in the 400 block of North Tryon and is the oldest Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

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#24 Camp Greene Soldiers Near Tents, 1918

Camp Greene Soldiers Near Tents, 1918

Scene at Camp Greene of men standing near their tents. Camp Greene was a World War I training base in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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#25 Aerial view of Camp Greene, 1918

Aerial view of Camp Greene, 1918

View from an aero plane of Camp Greene. The latter was a World War I training base in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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#26 A Company Street at Camp Greene, 1918

A Company Street at Camp Greene, 1918

A Company Street. Camp Green, Charlotte, N.C.` postcard is described as `censored.`

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#27 Barber Shop at Camp Greene, 1918

Barber Shop at Camp Greene, 1918

All the comforts of home at Camp Green, Charlotte, NC, Postcard shows soldiers being shaved.

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#28 Drilling Recruits at Camp Greene, 1918

Drilling Recruits at Camp Greene, 1918

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#29 Soldiers doing kitchen duties at Camp Greene, 1919

Soldiers doing kitchen duties at Camp Greene, 1919

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#30 Camp Greene Regimental Street, 1918

Camp Greene Regimental Street, 1918

View of Regimental Street at Camp Greene, a World War One Training Camp located in Charlotte in 1918.

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#31 Dowd House at Camp Greene, 1918

Dowd House at Camp Greene, 1918

Built in 1879, this historic home was once at the center of a 250-acre farm. It was the childhood home of Willis Frank Dowd, founder of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, and William Carey Dowd, former publisher of The Charlotte News. During the first World War, the Dowd House was used as the Headquaters for Camp Greene Army Training Base during World War I ( 1917-1919 ). Located at 2216 Monument Street, is the the oldest structure in West Charlotte and a museum. It is the only structure that is left from when the area was an Army Training Camp. The museum is located 1-1/2 miles from Uptown Charlotte.

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#32 Trade Street (East), 1915

Trade Street (East), 1915

Wonderful view of East Trade Street with Belk Brothers on the left, a trolley in the middle and horse and carriage on the right. Physical Description: 3x5 black and white Publisher: Stone and Barringer Publishers

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#33 Company Mess Hall at Camp Greene, 1918

Company Mess Hall at Camp Greene, 1918

Company Mess Hall at Camp Greene with three soldiers, including one of the cooks.

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#34 Camp Greene Inspection of Troops, 1917

Camp Greene Inspection of Troops, 1917

Men standing at attention for inspection in front of their tents at Camp Greene

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#35 United States Post Office in Charlotte, 1910

United States Post Office in Charlotte, 1910

Between 1875 and 1917, the United States Post Office in Charlotte was located at West Trade and Mint Streets. A portion of the Charlotte Branch of the United States Mint is visible on the right side of the photograph.

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#36 Myers Park, 1912

Myers Park, 1912

Workmen for the George Stephen's Company constructing a roadbed. The streetcar that traveled from uptown to Charlotte to Myers Park is in the background.

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#37 Myers Park Laying Streetcar Tracks, 1912

Myers Park Laying Streetcar Tracks, 1912

Employees of the George Stephen's Company laying the tracks for the street cars that would travel from uptown Charlotte to Myers Park.

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#38 Mayor Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick and North Carolina Governor Locke Craig, 1916

Mayor Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick and North Carolina Governor Locke Craig, 1916

Charlotte Mayor T.L. Kirkpatrick (1877-1946) with North Carolina Governor Locke Craig (1860-1924) posed for this photograph on January 25, 1916. From left to right: Thomas L. Black (1863-1934), Justice Heriot Clarkson (1863-1942), Edmund Randolph Preston (1880-1957), Mayor Kirkpatrick, Dr. John Q. Myers (1877-1944), Governor Craig, Captain John A. Parker and Paul Cameron Whitlock (1878-1959).

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#39 Society of the Cincinnat, 1918

Society of the Cincinnat, 1918

NC State Society of the Cincinnati convened in Charlotte at the Southern Manufacturer's Club on April 15, 1916. Sitting: Commodore W.S. Hogg, USN, Washington, DC: Brig. General Charles L. Davis, USA, Schenectady, NY: Rt. Rev. Joseph Blount Cheshire, Raleigh, Hon. Wilson G. Lamb. Pres. of the Society: Maj. Wm. A. Smith Ansonville, Dr. S. Westray Battle, USN retired, Asheville: Colonel Benehan Cameron, Stagville,: F. Brevard McDowell, Charlotte: Standing: Heriot Clarkson, Charlotte: DeLancey Haywood, Raleigh: B.D. Nelme, Ansonville: Walter W. Watt, Charlotte: James Alson Cabell, Columbia, Va.: W. Hall Harris, Baltimore, MD: Wm. E. Bush, Baltimore, MD: W.D. Carstarphen, Plymouth, MA: John Bradley Lord, Brooklyn, NY: Dr. Nelson Ferebee, USN, Oxford, NC.

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#40 Captain William Myers House, 1910

Captain William Myers House, 1910

Home of Captain William R. Myers at 802 East Avenue

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#41 Early development of Myers Park, 1912

Early development of Myers Park, 1912

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#42 Charlotte Fire Fighters, 1916

Charlotte Fire Fighters, 1916

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#43 Courthouse and law building, 1911

Courthouse and law building, 1911

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#44 Class at Elizabeth School around 1918. The school was located on East 5th Street.

Class at Elizabeth School around 1918. The school was located on East 5th Street.

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#45 Crowell’s Garage, 1912

Crowell's Garage, 1912

The interior shot of Doc Crowell's Garage, which was located on the 200 block of North College Street.

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#46 Anna Morrison Jackson Second House, 1911

Anna Morrison Jackson Second House, 1911

The residence of Anna Morrison Jackson's House on the north side of West Trade Street near the intersection with Mint Street. She was the widow of General Stonewall Jackson. This print was taken from a 1911 postcard.

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#47 Tryon Street (North), 1910

Tryon Street (North), 1910

A view of North Tryon Street with local businesses and City Hall visible. A trolley can be seen on the right-hand side of the photograph.

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#48 Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, 1915

Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, 1915

The Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company Offices in the Old Merchandising Row on 212 West First Street. It opened in 1915 under George L. Sibley. He was later President of the Union National Bank and the first chairman of the Charlotte Planning Commission.

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#49 Street Railroad Car No.42 at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, 1915

Street Railroad Car No.42 at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, 1915

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#50 College Street School Students (7th Grade), 1915

College Street School Students (7th Grade), 1915

The 1915 7th grade class of College Street Elementary School. The latter was located at 600-606 North College Street.

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#51 Charlotte Firemen, 1916

Charlotte Firemen, 1916

Charlotte Firemen pose for a photograph in front of the Fifth Street Firehouse which was behind the City Hall on North Tryon Street. In the center is J. A. Jones (the gentleman in the dark coat) was a local contractor and a fire commissioner. The man in the light coat is Mayor Frank McNinch.

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#52 Charlotte Branch of the United States Mint, 1912

Charlotte Branch of the United States Mint, 1912

A view of West Trade Street pass the US Mint towards Graham Street. The gateway to the city is on the right and marked that side of the city. The Southern Railroad Passenger Terminal was beyond the gateway.

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#53 The Southern Manufacturer’s Club was a men’s club located on Trade Street, 1910

The Southern Manufacturer's Club was a men's club located on Trade Street, 1910

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#54 Brockman’s Bookstore, 1916

Brockman's Bookstore, 1916

Herbert V. Brockman opened Brockman's Bookstore in May of 1915. It was first located in the Piedmont Building, but moved to South Tryon Street in May of 1927.

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#55 Southern Cotton Oil Company, 1910

Southern Cotton Oil Company, 1910

The Southern Oil Cotton Company was located on South Tryon Street at Worthington Avenue. On the back of the photo, information indicates the cotton in the foreground burned at some point.

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#56 Crowell’s Garage, 1913

Crowell's Garage, 1913

The College Street or Doc Crowel's Garage at 223 College Street. It is was the first Ford garage in Charlotte.

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#57 Charlotte City Life, 1910

Charlotte City Life, 1910

Wonderful street life scene in uptown Charlotte along North Tryon Street. Features great detail regarding transportation, dress, and names of local businesses.

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#58 Trust Building, 1910

Trust Building, 1910

The Trust Building on South Tryon Street housed the Charlotte Opera House (1902-1922) on the first floor. A number of other businesses had offices in the Trust Building, including Southern Power Company

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#59 Elizabeth College, 1910

Elizabeth College, 1910

Outdoor scene of Elizabeth College with young ladies on the campus. Elizabeth College was an all-girl’s school located at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Hawthorne Lane. Today it is the site of Presbyterian Hospital.

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#60 Myers Park Development, 1911

Myers Park Development, 1911

Wagons hauling materials to the Myers Park construction site. Myers Park is one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods. George Stephens played an instrumental role in the development of Myers Park in the early part of the twentieth century. The land was owned by Stephens's father-in-law, J.S. Myers. Originally a suburb of Charlotte, the area quickly became the site of beautiful examples of American architecture. Landscape architect John Nolen and his assistant Earle Draper designed the curving, tree-lined streets. This collection shows the area under construction, as well as the planting of full-grown trees.

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#61 Landscaping at Myers Park, 1915

Landscaping at Myers Park, 1915

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#62 Road construction in Myers Park.1911

Road construction in Myers Park.1911

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#63 Construction in Myers Park, 1911

Construction in Myers Park, 1911

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#64 Unknown Residence in Myers Park, 1916

Unknown Residence in Myers Park, 1916

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#65 House under construction in Myers Park, 1916

House under construction in Myers Park, 1916

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#66 Residence in Myers Park shortly after construction, 1916

Residence in Myers Park shortly after construction, 1916

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#67 Typical example of Classical Revival architecture that is found in Myers Park, 1916

Typical example of Classical Revival architecture that is found in Myers Park, 1916

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#68 Four completed residence in Myers Park, 1916

Four completed residence in Myers Park, 1916

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#69 Taylor/Duke Mansion, 1911

Taylor/Duke Mansion, 1911

Originally built by Z.V. Taylor around 1911, the house at 400 Hermitage Road later became the residence of James B. Duke. He renovated the house and changed the name of the mansion to White Oaks in the early 1920s.

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#70 Entrance gate to Myers Park, 1912

Entrance gate to Myers Park, 1912

The trolley entrance gate to Myers Park was located at Fourth and Queens Road. The main gate is gone, but the side shelters remain. Designed by John Nolen and built by the Stephens Company of Winnsboro, South Carolina, the structure is made entirely of granite.

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#71 Presbyterian College, 1910

Presbyterian College, 1910

Presbyterian College was the precursor to Queens College. This building was located on the corner of College and Ninth Streets. When the school changed its name to Queens, the school moved to the Myers Park area.

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#72 Elizabeth College, 1910

Elizabeth College, 1910

Outdoor scene of Elizabeth College with young ladies on the campus. Same as H.1999.01.082.19, but much clearer. Elizabeth College was an all girl's school located at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Hawthorne Lane.

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#73 Red Circle Soldiers Club for Black Troops in Charlotte, 1918

Red Circle Soldiers Club for Black Troops in Charlotte, 1918

Photo from an outside street view of the Red Circle Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Red Circle Club was a place for black soldiers to congregate and relax away from Camp Greene, a World War I Cantonment Camp near Charlotte. Photo features three African American men, two soldiers and a civilian, standing in front of the club.

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#74 YWCA Hostess House at Camp Greene, 1918

YWCA Hostess House at Camp Greene, 1918

YWCA established a facility at Camp Greene during World War I. Organized sports activities were available. The Hostess House enabled soldiers to entertain visiting family members and write letters home using YMCA stationary.

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#75 Elizabeth Avenue Neighborhood, 1918

Elizabeth Avenue Neighborhood, 1918

Driving down East Trade Street, the name changes to Elizabeth Avenue once crossing Kings Drive. Once lined with lovely houses, the area has changed since the late 1920s.

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#76 Lakewood Station & Pavilion, 1912

Lakewood Station & Pavilion, 1912

The Lakewood Station & Pavilion opened in July of 1909. Built by the Four C's, the park expanded overtime to include a rollercoaster, a merry-go-round and other amusement rides as well as exotic animals and a vast garden. Located in West Charlotte, visitors could take a trolley to the park to enjoy a boat ride on the lake or a dance in the pavilion. During the Great Depression, the park fell into disrepair and a flood caused the dam to burst and the lake disappeared. The rest of buildings were eventually demolished.

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#77 Lakewood Pavilion and Boaters, 1916

Lakewood Pavilion and Boaters, 1916

The Lakewood Pavilion opened in July of 1909. Built by the Four C's, the park expanded overtime to include a rollercoaster, a merry-go-round and other amusement rides as well as exotic animals and a vast garden. Located in West Charlotte, visitors could take a trolley to the park to enjoy a boat ride on the lake or a dance in the pavilion. During the Great Depression, the park fell into disrepair and a flood caused the dam to burst and the lake disappeared. The rest of buildings were eventually demolished.

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#78 Latta Park Baseball Field, 1911

Latta Park Baseball Field, 1911

Baseball was the sport in Charlotte as well as the United States at the beginning of the 1900s. In Dilworth, there were at least three ball fields. In 1902 the 4 C's granted a 10-year lease for the fairgrounds and the baseball field seen here. Located on the far end of East Boulevard, maps suggest home plate was east of Lennox Avenue. The Park probably extended from near East Boulevard to Lennox Avenue.

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#79 Driver and mechanic pose in their car in front of the Charlotte Observer offices on South Church Street, 1919

Driver and mechanic pose in their car in front of the Charlotte Observer offices on South Church Street, 1919

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