Goldston, North Carolina

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Goldston is a town in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 319 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Goldston is located at 35°35′33″N 79°19′47″W / 35.5925°N 79.32972°W / 35.5925; -79.32972 (35.592478, -79.329615)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

Historic features

The downtown business district is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is, also, home to several historic homes. The town is named for the Goldston family who founded the town.

Business and industry

The town has always been a predominately rural town and most of the business and industry over the years has been centered around the area's agricultural heritage, mainly the poultry industry. The towns location near the railroad line has helped to keep industry going in the area, although in recent years the town has seen a decline in industry.

Railroad

Goldston is located on a spur of the Norfolk Southern Railway that runs between Greensboro and Sanford. The railroad was historically been important to the growth of the town. The rail line was once part of the now defunct Southern Railway and prior to that the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway and until a few years ago many older Southern marked freight gondolas could be found parked on a side track downtown and at the nearby old Pomona Clay pit. The Goldston area (actually Gulf) is also an interconnection point for the Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway. Most of the rail traffic that comes through town is local freight traffic going back and forth from Sanford to Greensboro or freight going to AC&W. Most of this freight is composed of grain hopper cars going to local poultry feed mills. Norfolk Southern Right of Way Maintenance equipment and cars are also frequently parked on the side trackage in Goldston.

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