"CAPE FEAR of WILMINGTON" by KAREN WILES
The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is framed so elegantly by the abundance of the blooming dogwoods along the port cities' boardwalk in downtown Wilmington. With the foggy mist rising above the river, one has a feeling of silent mystery that has so long been associated with the hauntingly beautiful Cape Fear River...
The Cape Fear River runs inland like the main artery of history from the sea to the mountains. It's one of only four rivers contained entirely within the borders of the state and the only one that empties directly into the ocean. It flows for some 200 miles, cutting right through the heart of the state, containing in its drainage basin 116 towns and cities in 26 of North Carolina's 100 counties.
The river draws its name from the treacherous offshore shoals(dubbed the �Cape of Fear� by early mariners).The shoals stretch for miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the river�s mouth. The Cape Fear River and its tributaries were important pathways for early commerce through the historic ports of Brunswick, Charlestown and Wilmington. In the mid-1800s, the Cape Fear was an outlet for the commercial products of more than 28 counties.
Turpentine made from the local pine trees was the biggest export of Wilmington, North Carolina for years.
April 14th, 2014
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