Typhoid Fever

Search for: DAVIDSON HISTORY ​On July 16, 1898 the Yorkville Enquirer reprinted an article from the Gastonia Gazette on a number of cases of typhoid fever that were contracted at Davidson’s commencement. Typhoid fever results from ingesting water or food that...

Dire Straits

Search for: DAVIDSON HISTORY The Civil War produced devastation across the South, and as Davidson College was an all-male institution, it suffered greatly during the war. According to Cornelia Shaw, 1039 young men from the classes of 1840 to 1869 fought in the war. In...

All Aboard!

Search for: DAVIDSON HISTORY In the early 1860s the railroad, in the form of the Atlantic, Tennessee and Ohio Railroad (AT&O) arrived in Davidson. The AT&O was incorporated in Tennessee in 1852 and in North Carolina in 1855, with the intention of connecting...

Early Transportation in Davidson

Search for: DAVIDSON HISTORY   On January 20, 1857, Charlotte’s Western Democrat published an advertisement offering the Charlotte and Taylorsville Plank road for sale. According to ad, “The Road extends from Charlotte via Davidson College to Mt. Mourne, Iredell...

Outrunning the Train

Search for: DAVIDSON HISTORY In the early 1900s, two interesting articles appeared in local newspapers about creatures who had managed to outrun the train. On April 5, 1904, the Monroe Journal reported that ‘Red Buck’, “the auburn-haired youth who collects money and...