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|Demonym:||North Carolinian||Population:||Ranked 10th in the US 8,049,313|
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North Carolina facts
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* The oldest town in the state is Bath, incorporated in 1705.
* On January 15, 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first state university in the country to open its doors for students.
* The first silver mine in the country was the Silver Hill Mine, which opened in 1833 about 10 miles from Lexington.
* Putt-Putt Golf was invented in Fayetteville.
* The first forestry school in the United States was established in Transylvania County in 1898 by Dr. Carl A. Schenck.
* The first abbey cathedral in North America was Belmont Abbey - located in Belmont, North Carolina - established by a papal edict in 1910.
* Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
* The Tar Heel State has more paved miles of road than any other state in the United States - over 78,000 miles.
* The first state-supported institution to emphasize the performing arts was the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
* Millions of years ago, the area was home to 50-foot-long alligators, and huge megalodon sharks roamed the waters.
* The New River, which runs through Ashe County, is the oldest river in North America and second oldest in the world.
* More than 120 species of trees are found in North Carolina - more than can be found from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean.
* North Carolina boasts more than 200 waterfalls, including the highest on the East Coast: the 411-foot-high, two-tiered Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County.
* North Carolina has 1,500 lakes 10 acres or more in size and 37,000 miles of fresh water streams.
* There are more than 1.2 million acres of national forest land in the Tar Heel State.
* Blackbeard, America's most famous pirate, established a residence and married his 14th wife in Bath, NC, in 1718.
* At around 500 million years old, the North Carolina Uwharrie Mountains are the oldest in the nation and among the oldest in the world.
* Cape Hatteras lighthouse, built of brick in 1870, is 208 feet tall, making it the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States.
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