Garner, North Carolina
Like many southern towns, Garner was born from the railroad in 1847, when the location was selected as North Carolina Railroad station between Goldsboro and Charlotte. The community began as a post office in 1878 and within five years, “Garners Station” was incorporated. In 1905, the town’s name was changed to simply Garner.
Garner has always been a prime location. Several major roads and highways make traveling to and from Garner very easy. Instate-40, US-70, US-401, and NC-50 all help make Garner such a convenient spot for business sand residences. The population has rapidly increased. Between 1970 and 1980, the population exploded by 104% and more recently, between 2000 and 2016, it jumped from 17,757 to almost 28,000.
Today, the historic downtown Garner still faces the railroad which gave it birth, and in memory, a single red caboose stands sentinel to the town’s beginnings. The downtown district is replete with many historic homes site don National Register of Historic Places.
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