Charlotte October 03, 2017
Here Are The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Charlotte And They’re Incredible
The city of Charlotte has been on the map since 1768 – can you believe it? That’s almost 250 years. Have you ever wondered what our city looked like before now? We found some of the oldest pictures ever taken of Charlotte and wanted to share, just in case you were interested.
This image of the Charlotte skyline shows just how much our city has changed since when it was taken in the 1920s.
This photo shows the Atherton Cotton Mill which opened in 1893.
This building has since been turned into condos. The Atherton Mill building that still exists today was actually the historic trolley station where mill workers began and ended each day as they caught their ride to and from the mill.
This photo was taken of some of the Atherton Mill workers in the early 20th century.
You'll notice how young the workers are, the average age was 11 to 12 years old.
Trolley's became a popular mode of transportation in the mid-1920's.
It was common for trolley conductors and staff to take a picture each time they finished a line.
The banking industry has always been a big influence in Charlotte.
This is an image of Charlotte's First National Bank which was located on Tryon St.
This photo is of Union National Bank, which eventually merged with First National bank in Asheville to create First Union.
In addition to banking, there were many other big businesses located Uptown that are no longer there.
Sears, Roebuck & Company was a major employer in the early 20th century.
The Ford Motor Company also had a presence Uptown.
And the Queen City Hotel was a popular place for travelers and those passing through.
This picture is of one of the first McDonald's in the city located off of Independence Blvd.
You could get a hamburger here for $.15 back in the day. What a steal!
How long have you lived in Charlotte? Do you have any pictures you can show us? Share them in the comments.