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Spencer, North Carolina
Location of Spencer, North Carolina
|• Total||3.07 sq mi (7.95 km2)|
|• Land||3.07 sq mi (7.95 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||715 ft (218 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1,061.60/sq mi (409.94/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0995290|
The town was named for Samuel Spencer, first president of the Southern Railway, who is credited with establishment of the railroad's mechanical shops at the site in 1896. The site was approximately the midpoint of the railroad's mainline between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. As the shops were being built the Southern Railway developed a town, also named Spencer, alongside the shops for worker housing. Initially, the Southern partitioned 85 acres into 500 lots. Instead of creating a traditional "company" town in which the workers rented houses Southern sold the lots to workers or businesses for $100 apiece. The deeds did contain restrictive covenants which maintained that a dwelling costing in excess of $400 and approved by a Southern appointed architect be built within a year. The Southern donated lots for religious institutions. Southern also helped establish a YMCA in the town. The community grew quickly and by 1901 had 625 residents.
Spencer is located at.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||1,065||32.19%|
|Hispanic or Latino||343||10.37%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,308 people, 1,153 households, and 807 families residing in the town.
Places of Education
- North Rowan High School
- North Rowan Middle School
- North Rowan Elementary School
Spencer is mentioned in the song "The Wreck of Old 97" as the ultimate endpoint of a train trip which is never reached. The journey began in Monroe, VA.
- Gil Robinson (1910–1985), NFL player
In Spanish: Spencer (Carolina del Norte) para niños
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