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North Carolina FIRSTS
  • The Wright brothers completed the first successful flight of a mechanically propelled airplane over the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903.
  • The first known miniature golf course was in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

  • Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914. 

  • The first English child born in America, Virginia Dare, was born in Roanoke, North Carolina, in 1587.

  • Many people believe that North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775.

  • Cabarrus County, North Carolina, was the site of America's first gold rush.

  • What was probably the first drawbridge built in the United States was built over the Cape Fear River.

  • The first Pepsi was created and served in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898

  • The first outdoor drama in America, The Lost Colony, is staged every year in Manteo, North Carolina.

Biggest/Smallest/Shortest/Tallest

  • Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain in the eastern United States.

  • Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Depending on the weather, its height can range from 80 to 100 feet!

  • Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County, one of over 200 waterfalls in North Carolina, is the highest waterfall on the East Coast.

  • The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the United States.
  • Albemarle Sound is the largest freshwater sound in the world.

  • Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, at 480 feet high.

  • The world's smallest daily newspaper is the Tryon Daily Bulletin.