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Railroad Memorial
Downtown Waxhaw, NC
in Union County
April 26, 2020

USA map showing location of NCNC map showing location of Waxhaw

historyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.54 square miles. Waxhaw is located north of Lancaster, South Carolina and lies about twelve miles south of the Charlotte city limit. The original inhabitants of the region were a Native American people group known alternately as either the Wysacky or the Waxhaws.

Waxhaw has evolved as an antique and fine dining center.

sign for Eaxhaw Historic District

The arrival of the railroad in 1888 created access to the markets of Atlanta and helped the town reach prosperity. The railroad tracks were laid through the center of town to show the importance of the railroad system to the community. The railroad remains in the center of town and is now bordered by a green grassy strip that divides the rows of stores on each side.

Beginning in the late 19th century, the community began to develop cotton mill factories for manufacturing textiles. The railroad helped increase access for its products. Cotton manufacturing was important to the region through the 1940s. Postwar changes in the economy, with shifts of the textile industry to jobs in other areas and out of the country, required the community to adapt to new conditions.

waxhaw Railroad Memorial waxhaw Railroad Memorial

Below: Writing at the bottom of the sculpture shown above.

sign - Getting Back on Track

historyA train derailed in Waxhaw late Thursday afternoon, July 8, 2010. No one was injured in the derailment, which happened on a CSX track along Highway 75 (Waxhaw Highway) near Magnolia Ridge Drive, just west of town. Waxhaw Highway was shut down in both directions. EMS said the train was not carrying anything hazardous. (above quote from

sign - the train derailment
date - July 8, 2010
railroad track in Waxhaw NC railroad track in Waxhaw NC
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