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Encyclopedia > Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 8,484. Surry County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...

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Geography

Location of Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy is located at 36°30′3″N, 80°36′34″W (36.500756, -80.609311)GR1, along the Ararat River. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias NC county maps by Seth Ilys. ... The Ararat River is a tributary of the Yadkin River in southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina in the United States. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.7 km² (8.4 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Mount Airy's nickname, "The Granite City", derives from its most prominent natural feature, the nearby granite quarry located on the outskirts of the city in the neighborhood of Flat Rock. The quarry, mined continuously since 1889, is the largest open-face granite quarry in the world and is operated by the North Carolina Granite Corporation. Close-up of granite from Yosemite National Park, valley of the Merced River Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ... Flat Rock is the name of some places in the U.S. state of North Carolina: Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina Flat Rock, Surry County, North Carolina This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 8,484 people, 3,667 households, and 2,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 390.4/km² (1,010.8/mi²). There were 4,129 housing units at an average density of 190.0/km² (491.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.34% White, 7.99% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.55% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.49% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.87% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,667 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.87. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,910, and the median income for a family was $33,412. Males had a median income of $27,299 versus $24,830 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,237. About 17.4% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Mayberry

Mount Airy was the birthplace and childhood home of American actor Andy Griffith, and is widely believed to be the inspiration for the fictional community Mayberry, the setting of The Andy Griffith Show and its sequel, Mayberry RFD. Although Griffith himself often denied the connection, several locations and names mentioned in both shows reflect real places and people in or near Mount Airy, including Mount Pilot (nearby Pilot Mountain and the town named for it) and Snappy Lunch, a restaurant which still operates in the city's downtown area and is famous for its pork chop sandwich. The community holds an annual "Mayberry Days" celebration during the last weekend of September; the celebration regularly attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. Not to be confused with Andy Griffiths. ... Mayberry is the name of a fictional town in North Carolina which was the setting for the American television sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.. Mayberry, population 1,800, was a small rural town which is remembered as much for its slow-paced life as it... The Andy Griffith Show is an American television series that aired on CBS from October 3rd, 1960 to April 1st, 1968. ... Mayberry R.F.D. was a spinoff from The Andy Griffith Show. ... The distinctive Big Pinnacle of Pilot Mountain. ... Pilot Mountain is a town in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. ... Pork chops, cooked and served. ...


The great majority of Mount Airy's residents normally take pride in the Mayberry theme, but some others are embarrassed by the association. Some citizens would prefer to see Mount Airy disassociate itself from the Mayberry link and market its own rich heritage. In any case, Mount Airy itself looks nothing like the fictional Mayberry, as The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD were filmed entirely in Hollywood, California, on the RKO Pictures backlot called "Forty Acres". The Andy Griffith Show is an American television series that aired on CBS from October 3rd, 1960 to April 1st, 1968. ... Mayberry R.F.D. was a spinoff from The Andy Griffith Show. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... This article is about the film production company. ... A 1965 aerial view of the back forty. Other names used were 40 acres and Pathe 40 Acre Ranch. ...


Bluegrass and Old-Time music

The home of old-time music legend Tommy Jarrell and country singer Donna Fargo, Mount Airy has a long history with regional music. Mount Airy's WPAQ 740 AM radio is one of the few Bluegrass and Old-Time music stations still operating and has been airing the live radio show Merry-Go-Round from the Downtown Cinema Theatre since 1948. Weekly bluegrass jam sessions at The Andy Griffith Playhouse and the annual Old Time Fiddlers' Convention also serve to attract old-time musicians from across the region and the world. West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons, accompanied by his son James on the banjo Old-time music is a form of North American folk music, with roots in the folk music of many countries, including England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as the continent of Africa. ... Tommy Jarrell (born Thomas Jefferson Jarrell, Surry County, North Carolina, March 1, 1901, United States; d. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Donna Fargo, (born Yvonne Vaughan on November 10, 1945 in Mount Airy, North Carolina), is a Country Music singer and songwriter. ... This is a List of radio stations in North Carolina: 88. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A jam session is a musical act where musicians gather and play (or jam) without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. ...


Chang and Eng Bunker

Mount Airy was also the home of the famous Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker (18111874), Chinese brothers born in Siam, now Thailand. Chang and Eng were joined by a band of cartilage at the chest (xiphopagus) and with current surgical procedures could easily be separated. For many years they traveled with the Barnum circus, and upon retiring in the 1840s they married sisters Sarah and Adelaide Yates of North Carolina and purchased two adjoining farm properties just west of Mount Airy in the community of White Plains. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A painting of Chang and Eng Bunker, circa 1836 Chang Bunker and Eng Bunker (May 11, 1811–January 17, 1874) were the twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term Siamese twins. ... 1811 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) Parody of Jenny Linds first American tour for P. T. Barnum, New York City, October 1850. ... White Plains is a census-designated place located in Surry County, North Carolina. ...


Together they fathered between 20 and 23 children (accounts vary, and many of the children died in early childhood). The twins would spend three days at one farm then three days at the second farm. They owned slaves before and during the American Civil War Chang's son Christopher and Eng's son Stephen both fought for the Confederacy. In January of 1874, Chang, who was a heavy drinker, fell ill with pneumonia and died during the night. Eng also died within a few hours, surrounded by his and his brother's families. The brothers are buried at White Plains Baptist Church, and many of their descendants still live in the Mount Airy area. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion...


The June, 2006, issue of National Geographic has an article that focuses on the Bunkers. There are some 1,500 descendants of the Bunker twins. Among them are 11 sets of twins, none of them conjoined. The National Geographic Society was founded in the USA on January 27, 1888, by 33 men interested in organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge. ...


In addition, "The Wedding of the Siamese Twins" by Burton Cohen, a play detailing the salacious and often amusing lives of Chang and Eng Bunker, is scheduled to be performed annually at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy.


Trivia

  • American music composer Mark Daniel Merritt (1961-) lives and works here.

MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Benjamin Franklin Callahan (born May 19, 1957 in Mount Airy, North Carolina) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ...

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Mount Airy, North Carolina - Zip USA 27030, Feature Page - National Geographic Magazine (1160 words)
Their descendants—some 1,500—have scattered across the country, but many still live in Mount Airy, a town of 8,000 north of Winston-Salem, where the slow roll of the Piedmont plateau lifts to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In Mount Airy, a common form of address is "Honey," the soft drink of choice is Cheerwine, spiritual tastes run to Baptist and fundamentalist, and the day starts with radio obituaries on WPAQ ("Brought to you by Moody's Funeral Home").
Because textiles have lost their status as economic mainstays, Mount Airy has latched on to new opportunities, such as growing grapes for wine and—because it's the birthplace of TV star Andy Griffith—promoting its Mayberry connection.
Mount Airy, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (978 words)
Mount Airy's most prominent feature is its granite quarry, NC Granite, the largest open-faced quarry in the United States.
Mount Airy was the childhood home of American actor Andy Griffith, and the inspiration for the fictional community Mayberry, the setting of The Andy Griffith Show.
Mount Airy's WPAQ 740 AM radio is one of the few Bluegrass and Old-Time music stations still operating and has been airing the live radio show Merry-Go-Round from the Downtown Cinema Theatre since 1948.
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