1755 - Founding a New City
Thomas Spratt and his family are believed to be the first settlers to drive a wagon through the rough backcountry of North Carolina. Between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers, they cross an Indian trading path. With them is Thomas Polk, who builds his home where these two roads meet. One day, this crossroads will be known as "the Square." It will become the center of modern downtown Charlotte, and the streets will be known as "Trade" and "Tryon."