Monday, October 20, 2014

Charlotte Subdivisions: 1970

   Ads for new homes in 1970 paired with newer photos and 

2011 values from Meck Co GIS. 

Westmoreland subdivision. 
'No city taxes.'

3525 Farrhill Rd. (there is no 3524)
Price in 1970: $23,670
2011 value: $128,600

1970 prices from $36,000 to $46,000

6608 Rocky Falls Rd.
2011 value: $249,800

6525 Rocky Falls Rd.
2011 value: $237,400

1114 Bearmore Dr.
2011 value: $241,700

6753 Wheeler Dr.
2011 value: $246,200


 This neighborhood is off Central Ave, between N. Sharon Amity & Kilborne.

5016 Carriage Drive
Price in 1970: $30,000
2011 value: $125,700

3915 Woodbriar Trail
Price in 1970: $24,900
2011 value: $113,300


3719 Plumgrove Cove
Price in 1970: $42,950
2011 value: $329,400


'Uptight about the Uncertain Seventies?'

6806 Fieldvale
Price in 1970: $14,950
2011 value: $51,000


1416 Worcaster Pl.
Price in 1970: $27,500
2011 value: $210,900

1518 Worcaster Pl.
Price in 1970: $28,750
2011 value: $208,200

Friday, October 17, 2014

'Souvenir' magazine

'A Bicentennial Salute to Charlotte'

In March, 1968, the Observer and News printed this magazine which included some stories
and lots of ads. Thanks to Observer graphic artist David Puckett for sharing!


The 'Heart of Charlotte' Motor Inn was located at 3815 N. Tryon Street. 
Now Hope Haven treatment facility.
The Branding Iron was at 2104 S. Blvd. There's a branch of Yadkin Valley Bank there now.

'No drink boxes more than 18 inches long permitted in Grandstand.'
Today's limit is 14".

Big Ways always had a sense of humor. 'Three years old'!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'South of the Border'

Pedro says ...  what began as a beer stand in 1949 has grown into a 300-acre complex that includes a dozen gift shops, six restaurants, an amusement park, a motel and a campground.

South of the Border is located on Interstate 95 just across the North Carolina border in Dillon County, S.C. Just follow the signs!

'Billboard along I-95 near the N.C./S.C border.'
1989. Don Sturkey/Staff

April 1978. Staff

'South of the Border is a mammoth, sprawling tourist-trap empire built in 1949 by a legendary South Carolina entrepreneur and politician, Alan Schafer. The 350-acre tourists stop along I-95 features arcades, motels, gas stations and fireworks stands. A 200-foot tall, neon-edged sombrero is on the top of Pedro, one of the six theme restaurants there. Employing nearly 600 at peak season, the Border is the largest employer and property taxpayer in Dillon County, a rural community near the state border.'
2003. Takaaki Iwabu/Staff

  2010. Robert Willett/Staff (News & Observer) 

'Motel room.' (Yikes!)
1989. Staff.

'Hot dog shop and the Sombrero Tower in the background. The tower is 200 ft. high and ride to the top costs 50 cents.'
1989. Don Sturkey/Staff

'View from the Sombrero Tower shows a portion of the South of the Border complex with I-95 at upper left. U.S. 301 runs right through the middle of the complex.'
1989. Don Sturkey/Staff

'More than 2 million visitors stopped at Alan Schafer's South of the Border in 1980.'
Washington Post photo.

'Water tank at South of the Border has SOB on it.'
1989 Don Sturkey/Staff

Monday, October 13, 2014

1956 Charlotte Telephone Directory

A look inside Charlotte's 1956 Telephone Directory

The Observer librarians jotted notes all over the cover just like we did at home!

What's this about Postal Unit Zones?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dale Jr turns 40

Happy Birthday to Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is 40 on October 10!

Here are some local photos of our local driver over the years.

1998.  'Dale Earnhardt Jr., talking to his father in 1998, said their relationship changed once he showed promise as a driver.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

1999.  'Dale Earnhardt, Jr., left, mixes it up with fellow NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace, right, in the pits after going our for a test run on the track in Charlotte.'
Corey Lowenstein/Staff

May, 2000. 'Like father like son, Dale Earnhardt, left, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. briefly hang out together before the start of Friday night's qualifier at Lowe's Motor Speedway.'
Francisco Kjolseth/Staff

May, 2001.  'Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Humpy Wheeler stand together during a news 
conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. Earnhardt 
says he supports NASCAR as it investigates his father's fatal crash.'
Todd Sumlin/Staff

May, 2002. 'Ryan Newman leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. on turn two onto the backstretch on the last lap of The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday.;
Todd Sumlin/Staff

May, 2003. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others pit under green for the first time during 
The Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.'
David Hinshaw/Staff

 October, 2004. 'NEXTEL Cup drivers Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway during a break in the action.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

May, 2005. 'NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip talk in the garage area prior to running laps on the newly smoothed track at Lowe's Motor Speedway.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

December, 2006. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a big draw for fans at the 2006 
Stocks for Tots charity event in Mooresville.'
Christopher A. Record/Staff

May, 2007. 'NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers (L-R) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Biffle talk in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday following the afternoon practice.' Jeff Siner/Staff

2008. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks to the media about his new bar Whisky River which is located in the EpiCentre on Trade Street. Jr. says he's dreamt of opening a bar for the last five years and looks forward to having a place to hang out with friends.'
Dana Romanoff/Staff

May, 2009. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the garage during NASCAR Sprint All-Star practice Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.'
Davie Hinshaw/Staff

May, 2010. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to climb into his car at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday to begin practice.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

October, 2011. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk in the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway as members of their crews make adjustments to their cars during practice,'
Jeff Siner/Staff

October, 2012. 'NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his crew chief Steve Latarte listen to a question during a press conference where it was announced that Earnhardt Jr. will sit out the next two Sprint Cup Series races after being diagnosed with a concussion. Earnhardt Jr. and his team made the announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Driver Regan Smith will substitute drive for Earnhardt Jr.
Jeff Siner/Staff

May 23, 2013. 'NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. enjoys time in the garage area prior to practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.'
Jeff Siner/Staff

 2014. 'Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to get in his car before the start of the 55th running of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.'
Davie Hinshaw/Staff