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Spring Lake - A brief history



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Today, this area  is called the "Sandhills" and stays pretty warm year 'round. But, around 9,000 B.C., the first inhabitants bundled up! It was cold here! Throughout the years and with climate changes, things have changed. Now, Spring Lake has a short winter, but the rest of the year is a very pleasant temperature.   

In the 1700s, pioneers from Scotland came and established communities with thriving plantations. Owners utilized slaves who worked the fields, built the roads and contributed to the overall quality of life. They learned how to utilize nature's bounty to cure sores, colds and fevers through the use of natural resources found in pine forests.

Longleaf pine trees were an important part of the economy, producing gum products and timber. Tar, rosin and turpentine were used by the naval industries domestically and abroad. There was so much rosin here that if you walked through the woods, you would get pine rosin on your feet - thus sparking the term, "Tar Heels."  Did you ever wonder where that name came from?

Spring Lake became the name of the town around 1923 by Arthur Priddy who opened the Spring Lake service station in relation to the lake (Spring Lake Pond) that ran beside the rail line. Previously, the town was called "Clayton Cut," due to the pathway cut that ran through the area where the railroad later resided, and also "Prince's Siding," after a man named Prince who owned a sawmill on this land. Spring Lake was officially incorporated on April 9, 1951.

In the early 1900s, the Rockefeller family purchased land from plantation owners which later became parts of Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. Land was used for recreation - so it's only natural that today, a portion of the property is maintained for others to enjoy.

Many great things have happened Spring Lake to enhance the quality of life for the citizens.  In collaboration with the City of Fayetteville, the two communities recently annexed Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.  There are many large construction projects flowing through the development processes of the town and throughout the region. 

The Base Realignment and Closure Regional Task Force projects represents more than $2 billion in military construction, an additional 19,000 jobs and a regional population increase of 40,800 by 2013.  This regional growth and the additional state revenue resulting from the annexation are a positive catalyst supporting additional quality of life initiatives to advance the Spring Lake community and expand regional prosperity. 

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