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Turn of the 20th Century

Welcome to our time-travel website for Charlotte, NC during the early 1900s. Discover what life was like over one hundred years ago. You will learn about how people dressed, how they lived, what foods they ate, where they worked, what games children played, new inventions and a whole lot more.

Looking Back at Charlotte
Looking Back At Charlotte
North on Tryon
The Square
South Tryon Street
1905 Charlotte
Realities in 1900
Rural Life
Cotton is King
Fun Facts
First Time Events
New Words
Cost of Living
Things Familiar
Inventions After 1900
Winter Wonders
Work
Occupations in the 1903 Charlotte City Directory
Work
How Many Did What
Banking
Corner Grocers
Labor Unions
Working Women
Schools
Schools
South Graded School
North Graded School
The Myers Street School
Parochial School
Baird School For Boys
Rural Schools
Reading List
Elizabeth College
Presbyterian College for Women
Higher Education for Men in Charlotte
Biddle University (Now Johnson C. Smith University)
North Carolina Medical College
Religion
Churches
Religious Denominations in Charlotte in 1900
Number of Charlotte Churches in 1900
Two St. Peter’s
Presbyterian Churches
First Baptist
First Baptist Church (Black congregation)
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Little Rock African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Law & Government
"To Serve and Protect"
Law and Government
County Courthouse
United States Post Office & former branch of the US Mint
Medicine
Early Hospitals
St. Peter's Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Presbyterian Hospital
Homes & Houseware
Homes and Housewares
Thaddeus Tate Home
Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
The Phifer House
Anna Morrison Jackson's Home
1900 Residential Rents
Icebox Instead of Refrigerators
Ice and Coal Advertisement
Furniture
Early Cameras
Beautiful Old Homes
Fashion
The Clothes We Wore
Fashion Statements
Details, Details, Details
Fashion on the Farm
Winter Clothes
Shoes
School Clothes
Play Clothes
Gentlemen's Fashions
High School Graduates
The Bee Hive
Belk Brothers
The Latest in Boys Knickers
Feathers, Ribbons and Bows: The Art of Making Hats
Beneath the Garments
Game & Quiz Fun
What Does That Mean? Slang in 1900.
Views of the City
Trolley Ride to Adventure: Lakewood Park
YMCA in Charlotte
Performing Arts Centers
And the Band Plays On
Southern Manufacturers Club
Drugstore & Soda Shoppe
Carnegie Library (Charlotte's First Public Library)
Bookstores
Good Place To Sleep and Eat
A New Invention: The Automobile
Thomas Hoover Livery Stable
Working on the Railroad
Celebrating Meck Dec Day in Charlotte
Farewell Views of Charlotte, 1900-1910
What's There Now
What's There Now?