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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Pick a Name & Number

Posted January 3, 2008 9:47 a.m. EST

Elizabeth Gardner and I featured the Johnson County town of Four Oaks on our Hometown Hello segment today. Can you name four important facts about the town of Four Oaks?

Four Oaks triggered a discussion about how many Tar Heel communities, rivers, swamps and mountains have names containing numbers.

How many can you name?

Well, thanks to William Powell and his wonderful NC Gazetteer we were able to drum up a pretty impressive list. Five Forks appears to be the most popular numeric name. You will find a community by that name in four of NC’s 100 counties.

Please feel free to add to the following Numeric Names of North Carolina:

Onetree Point – Brunswick County (located on several old maps)
Ten Mile Swamp – Robeson County
Twelve O’clock Top – mountain knob on Brunswick/Haywood County line
Twelve Mile Creek – Union County east of Charlotte
20 Mile Creek – Swain County in the mountains
20 Miles Ridge – Swain County
Fifth Creek – Iredell County
Five Forks – communities in Person, Stokes, Warren & Yadkin counties
Five Mile Creek – Robeson County
Five Points – community in Raleigh and Hoke County
Four Corners – community in Davie County
Four Oaks – Johnston County community
Fourth Creek – Iredell County
Fourway – community in Iredell County
Nine Mile Swamp – Onslow County along the coast
Eight Foot Ditch – Pasquotank County near the coast
Second Broad River – McDowell County in the mountains
Second Creek – Randolph and Tyrrell counties
Second Falls – Haywood County in the mountains
Second Hurricane Branch – Swain County out west
Six Forks – Wake County

What have I left out? Feel free to put all of your maps under the microscope.