Gaston County Public Library

North Carolina 101

Fast Facts

  • Did You Know? North Carolina (PDF): Discover the history, geography, and government of North Carolina.
    Go to: http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/Portals/0/Collateral/Database/DidYouKnowNC.pdf
  • Quick Facts About North Carolina: Quickly find the official state symbols, population, land area, distance between furthest towns, the highest point, and more.
    Go to: http://ncpedia.org/about/quickfacts
  • Facts in Brief on North Carolina: "This student sampler has been compiled to assist you in your study of North Carolina. It is designed to introduce you to the people, places, and events that have shaped our history."
    Go to: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/socialstudies/elementary/studentsampler/
  • North Carolina Population: Facts from the Census Bureau.
    Go to: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37000.html
  • Frequently Asked Questions from the Commission of Indian Affairs: Learn how many American Indians reside in North Carolina, as well as how many state and federally recognized tribes are located in the state of North Carolina.
    Go to: http://ncadmin.nc.gov/citizens/american-indians/american-indian-publications/cia-faqs
  • 100 North Carolina Icons: 100 icons that are unique to North Carolina.
    Go to: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.libguides.com/100ncicons

At the library, look at 917.56 (Geography) and 975.6 (History) for more books about North Carolina:

People & Places

People
Places
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (Wikipedia): Includes photos, history, cultural information and more.
    Go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Parkway
  • NC Map of State Parks: Click a location on the map or the name of a State Park on the right to find links to each park's official website, events, and Flickr.com photographs.
    Go to: http://www.ncfsp.org/Map
  • North Carolina Historical Sites: Includes a map with sites to click on.
    Go to: http://www.nchistoricsites.org/default.htm
  • North Carolina Lighthouses: Photographs and information about lighthouses along the North Carolina coast.
    Go to: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/nc.html
  • The North Carolina State Capitol: Includes pictures and a brief history.
    Go to: http://ncpedia.org/state-capitol
  • North Carolina Aquariums
    Go to: http://www.ncaquariums.com/
  • North Carolina Zoo
    Go to: http://www.nczoo.org/

History & Government

History
Government
  • How an Idea Becomes a Law: A simplified chart of the steps an idea must go through before it becomes law in North Carolina.
    Go to: http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/kidspg/law.htm

Pictures & Maps

Pictures
  • Historic North Carolina Travel and Tourism Photos: 1130 historical images pertaining to six popular topics: cotton, Cherokee Indians, galax, jugtown pottery, Plott hounds and textiles.
    Go to: http://exhibits.archives.ncdcr.gov/con_dev_project/index.html
  • Images of North Carolina: Features photos and postcards depicting North Carolina people and places from the late 19th century to the present.
    Go to: http://www.digitalnc.org/collections/images/
  • North Carolina Photographs: The official Flickr page of the North Carolina Division of Tourism.
    Go to: https://secure.flickr.com/people/visitnc/
Maps
  • North Carolina Maps: Contains more than 3,000 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to 2000, and including detailed maps for each of North Carolina's one hundred counties.
    Go to: http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps/index.html
  • North Carolina Maps: Includes state maps, historical city maps, historic topographic maps, and maps of national parks.
    Go to: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/north_carolina.html
  • Images of North Carolina: Maps: Browse digitized historic maps from across North Carolina; includes a map of Gastonia from 1895!
    Go to: http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm/search/searchterm/Maps/field/format/mode/exact/conn/and/order/date

Plants & Animals

Climate & Geography

  • NC Environmental Education: Scientific data, maps, and other resources to support earth science, biology, geography, and hydrology.
    Go to: http://www.eenorthcarolina.org/index.asp
  • Gold in North Carolina: Information about gold mining in North Carolina.
    Go to: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/energy-mineral-land-resources/north-carolina-geological-survey/geoscience-education/gold-of-nc
    • Be sure to learn about the Reed Gold Mine in Midland, NC, the site of the first documented gold find in the United States.
      Go to: http://www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm
  • More Than Just a Swamp: Learn what types of wetlands are found in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine area of North Carolina.
    Go to: http://www.fws.gov/nc-es/edout/albemoreswmp.html
  • NC Climate & Geography: A brief introduction to North Carolina's 3 main geographic areas.
    Go to: http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/kidspg/geog.htm
  • Overview of North Carolina Weather: Includes information about topography, temperature, precipitation, and other climate factors. Links to Statewide Monthly Climate Normals Maps are on the upper right.
    Go to: http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climate/ncclimate.html
  • River Basins in North Carolina: Includes a clickable map with information on each river basin.
    Go to: http://www.eenorthcarolina.org/riverbasins-interactive.html

More Information

  • Government
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/index.cfm/research/government-law/government/
  • Finding Statistics
    Go to: http://gastonlibrary.org/index.cfm/research/geography/finding-statistics/

 


 

Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: North Carolina 101
URL: http://gastonlibrary.org/index.cfm/research/geography/north-carolina-101/
Revised: 29 August 2016