Cabarrus County, North Carolina

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Cabarrus County
Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Founded 1792

Cabarrus County is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 131,063. A population of approximately 147,000 in 2005 represents a dramatic increase in population over the past 30 years, due largely to the growth of suburbs related to Charlotte, North Carolina, which is southwest of the county. The county seat is ConcordTemplate:GR, which was incorporated in 1803. Among its significant historic sites is the Reed Gold Mine, a National Historic Landmark.


The county was formed on December 29, 1792 from Mecklenburg County. It was named after Stephen Cabarrus of Chowan County, speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.

Gold was first discovered here in 1799 by Conrad Reed in an unincorporated part of southeast Cabarrus County. Reed was the son of John Reed, one of thousands of Hessian soldiers brought over by British troops to fight against rebellious colonists in the American Revolution. John Reed deserted, as did many other Hessians, and migrated from Georgia to North Carolina, where he settled in an ethnic German community. There he started a farm. Later his son Conrad Reed discovered a large gold nugget on the property.Template:Citation needed

John Reed first developed placer mining on his property, then underground mining, and became wealthy from the gold. His mine became known as Reed's Gold Mine. So much gold was discovered in the county that the Charlotte Mint was built to handle it.

The Reed Gold Mine was designated a National Historic Landmark, as it was the first gold mine in the country. Gold was mined in North Carolina into the early 20th century. Visitors at the site today can explore some of the mine's reconstructed tunnels.


The county is divided into twelve townships, which are both numbered and named: 1. Harrisburg; 2. Poplar Tent; 3. Odell; 4. Kannapolis; 5. New Gilead; 6. Rimertown; 7. Gold Hill; 8. Mt Pleasant; 9. Georgeville; 10. Midland; 11. Central Cabarrus and 12. City of Concord

Adjacent counties

Cities and towns

Map of Cabarrus County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Also notable is the recent push for incorporation in the Odell School community, which is located in the northwestern corner of the county. The current residents hope to incorporate as a means to avoid annexation by the city of Kannapolis.



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