Kings Tower and The Asian Library

After a few of the pax came in hot, 10 men gathered for a tour around some of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods and landmarks.  Nothing better than an uphill start, and that would be Baxter all the way to Dartmouth.  Across Providence and gather at Colonial Park.  Around the park via Alberto and Circle Streets to S. Chase Street.  Across Randolph to Vail. Left on Vail to Caswell, then left at Greenway to work our way around Independence Park to the tunnel under Charlottetown Avenue.  Around Armory Drive to circle Memorial Stadium, then to the tunnel under King’s Drive.  Easy route from this point in….just follow the Greenway.

NMM:  So why the title of the backblast? Seems as if Hoedown is a landmark guy. Meeting at Baxter and Kings just didn’t cut it, so now the official landmark of the Atilla AO is the Kings Tower Building, which houses The Asian Library.  Speaking of landmarks, let’s talk about the ones on the route.

The Asian Library.  The largest private Asian library in the US, founded in 1985, with over 132,000 books.

Cherry Neighborhood.  Platted in 1891 by John and Mary Myers as a neighborhood to provide black, unskilled and semi-skilled laborers with rental housing, opportunities for home ownership and urban amenities, including a park, school, churches and tree-lined streets.

Crescent Heights.  This is the area that includes Colonial Park, Circle Avenue, Vail, Caswell and several other streets. The neighborhood was laid out between 1907 and 1909 and is older than Myers Park, Elizabeth and Eastover.

Mercy Hospital.  The Sisters of Mercy in Belmont built the original Mercy Hospital uptown in the old parish hall of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and built the current hospital, located between Vail and 5th, in 1916.  The hospital was purchased by CMC in 1995.

Independence Park.  The first public park in Charlotte, built during 1905 and 1906.

Memorial Stadium.  Originally known as American Legion Memorial Stadium, the first football game in the stadium occurred on the afternoon of September 26, 1936 between The University of North Carolina and Wake Forest College.

Grady Cole Center.  Built in 1954 to replace the Charlotte Amory Arena, which had been destroyed by fire.  It was originally named the Park Center but was renamed in 1987 in honor of WBT radio personality Grady Cole.

Captain Jack Statue (along the Greenway).  In May, 1775, a local tavern owner, Captain James Jack, volunteered to take the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.  Risking his life on this arduous journey, he demanded that the Declaration be read into record upon arriving in Philadelphia.

The Memorial Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin (along the Greenway). Built in 1891 and 1892, the Chapel is the oldest remaining building of Thompson Orphanage and Training Institution, which was founded in 1887.

Target.  Built around 2008, this building and its surrounding property and amenities is the site of relentless torture and pain inflicted by the leaders of a strange cult of men on Friday mornings throughout the year.

So there you have it. Who knew that this installment of Confession was a tour of Charlotte history on one of the most spectacular days for a run in a long while!  Those of us at the back had a little more time to check it out, although if given the chance My Sharona may have opted for a nap on one of the benches at Independence Park after spending most of Friday, Friday night and Saturday chauffeuring the BRR team through the hills of NC….with virtually no sleep.  So glad you were able to join us!

Core Anniversary Party on October 8 at Motley’s house.

Group take out with the Lord’s Prayer and great coffeteria later at Panera.

Fantastic time today guys.   Thanks for letting me pick the route!



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