Sanford North Carolina
Sanford was incorporated in 1874 and grew into a small manufacturing center after the railroad arrived in the 1890s. Sanford was originally two towns. The towns of Sanford and Jonesboro merged and Jonesboro is now known as Jonesboro Heights. Jonesboro's separate commercial district is Southeast of downtown Sanford on Main Street- Southwest of 421. Both the Jonesboro commercial district and Sanford's are mostly comprised of early 20th century buildings. Sanford's is the much larger and livelier of the two. The ruins of the Sanford Cotton Mill are North of downtown at Chisholm and Wilson streets. The mill was built in 1900. Cotton production stopped at the mill sometime in the 1950s or 1960s. According to the Hawkins Avenue Historic District inventory, the mill was still largely intact in 2000. I'm not sure whether it burned or was demolished in the years since. All that was left of it in 2008 when I visited was the tower (pictured) and a smokestack. The Endor Iron Furnace is about 5 miles north of Sanford.