National Geographic : 1962 Feb
Buffalo herd in North Carolina grazes near Concord. Mounted on a palomino, own er A. B. Cooke inspects the beasts. Built up from a handful of animals obtained in the West, the herd numbers 25. A packing plant in Concord markets buffalo meat. west. Sand ridges, possibly kicked up by the impact, line the southeast rims. Mystery shrouds the origin of the bays, but many scientists now accept the theory that some time in the misty prehistoric past heav enly explosions peppered half a million me teorites into 25,000 square miles of coastal plain from North Carolina to Georgia. "Queen City" Blends Work and Play Charlotte, North Carolina, is called the Queen City because it took its name from Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of George III of England. Our entry into the city was ac companied by the billowing dust and frenetic roar of a stock-car race. All but blindfolding David to get him past the track, we tele phoned Bud Cox, Charlotte News staff mem ber and a good friend, to get our bearings. In the evening, under Bud's guidance, we sat in the cool, dim interior of the great cir cular Charlotte Coliseum, where 11,600 peo ple get an unobstructed view of the arena. The view that night was of a sheet of ice, on which couples skimmed, small-fry wobbled on moose-calf legs, and professionals twirled with enviable grace. 168 Charlotte's Independence Square is bound ed by Tryon Street, named for the master of Tryon Palace, and by Trade Street, honor ing a favorite Charlotte pursuit. Trade comes naturally to the city: Gold, for example, was minted or assayed there from 1837 to 1913. Until the '49 California gold rush, North Carolina and Georgia were the leading gold producing States. From Charlotte we headed eastward across the rolling sand hills, with forays into the winter sports country. Of course this was mid-August; the elegant resort of Pinehurst was sparsely peopled with visitors in casual hot-weather cottons and sport shirts. The huntsman's pink, the golf tweeds, and the dun jackets patched with pockets for carrying quail would lie mothballed until first frost heralded their season. Nearby Southern Pines, another golf resort, is attracting more and more people who have retired. It was on our second visit to Raleigh that I saw Governor Terry Sanford, North Caro lina's able 44-year-old chief executive. He had recently succeeded Luther H. Hodges, who now serves as President Kennedy's Sec retary of Commerce.