Bladenboro, North Carolina

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Bladenboro is a town in Bladen County, North Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,718.

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History

Development around Bladenboro, a farming community also known in its earliest days for its turpentine and lumber, began to take off after a railroad was built through the area in 1859. In 1885, two brothers, R.L. Bridger and H.C. Bridger, came to Bladenboro from Little River, South Carolina, to operate a turpentine business. Soon afterwards, they became involved in the timber business and operated a cotton gin. The brothers and their descendents would have a major effect on the shaping of the town and its economy for much of the next century. Major businesses, owned and operated by members of the Bridger family and which employed many area residents, have included Bridger Corporation (a farming supply company and general store no longer in operation), Bladenboro Cotton Mills (established in 1912 and later sold to become Highland Mills), and the Bank of Bladenboro (established in 1908 and now part of First Citizens Bank).

The town of Bladenboro was incorporated in 1903.

Beast of Bladenboro

In 1954, Bladenboro received national attention for several mysterious animal killings, mostly of dogs and livestock, in the area. The animals had broken jaws and had been drained of blood in a fashion not unlike the supposed attacks of Chupacabra. However, sightings describe the attacker as favoring a cat or wolf which led to the local legend known as the "Beast of Bladenboro."[3] In 2008, the History Channel television series Monster Quest performed an analysis concerning these attacks, which were beginning to happen again, and concluded that the attacker might have been a cougar.

Geography

Bladenboro is located at 34°32′26″N 78°47′35″W / 34.54056°N 78.79306°W / 34.54056; -78.79306 (34.540461, -78.792941).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,718 people, 762 households, and 471 families residing in the town. The population density was 789.5 people per square mile (304.3/km²). There were 832 housing units at an average density of 382.3/sq mi (147.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.33% White, 17.81% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

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