Bladenboro, North Carolina
|Bladenboro, North Carolina|
The water tower in Bladenboro
|• Type||Board of Commissioners|
|• Mayor||Rufus Duckworth|
|• Total||2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)|
|• Land||2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||102 ft (31 m)|
|• Density||789.5/sq mi (304.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0981574|
Development around Bladenboro, a farming community also known in its earliest days for its turpentine and lumber, began to take off after a railroad was built through the area in 1859. In 1885, two brothers, R.L. Bridger and H.C. Bridger, came to Bladenboro from Little River, South Carolina, to operate a turpentine business. Soon afterwards, they became involved in the timber business and operated a cotton gin. The brothers and their descendents would have a major effect on the shaping of the town and its economy for much of the next century. Major businesses, owned and operated by members of the Bridger family and which employed many area residents, have included Bridger Corporation (a farming supply company and general store no longer in operation), Bladenboro Cotton Mills (established in 1912 and later sold to become Highland Mills), and the Bank of Bladenboro (established in 1908 and now part of First Citizens Bank).
The town of Bladenboro was incorporated in 1903.
Beast of Bladenboro
See main article: Beast of Bladenboro
In 1954, Bladenboro received national attention for several mysterious animal killings, mostly of dogs and livestock, in the area. The animals had broken jaws and had been drained of blood in a fashion not unlike the supposed attacks of Chupacabra. However, sightings describe the attacker as favoring a cat or wolf which led to the local legend known as the "Beast of Bladenboro." In 2008, the History Channel television series Monster Quest performed an analysis concerning these attacks, which were beginning to happen again, and concluded that the attacker might have been a cougar.
Bladenboro is located at (34.540461, -78.792941).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,718 people, 762 households, and 471 families residing in the town. The population density was 789.5 people per square mile (304.3/km²). There were 832 housing units at an average density of 382.3 per square mile (147.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.33% White, 17.81% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.
There were 762 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $19,300, and the median income for a family was $30,900. Males had a median income of $28,438 versus $21,154 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,102. About 23.2% of families and 30.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.9% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.
Public schools, part of the Bladen County School system, in the Bladenboro area include:
- Bladenboro Elementary School (grades K-4)
- Bladenboro Middle School (grades 5-8)
- West Bladen High School (grades 9-12)
Public schools, which once operated in the Bladenboro area, include:
- Bladenboro High School (consolidated with Tar Heel High School to form West Bladen High School)
- Bladenboro Primary School (now part of Bladenboro Elementary School)
- Spaulding Monroe Middle School (now part of Bladenboro Middle School)
- Spaulding Monroe High School (consolidated with Bladenboro High School, which later consolidated with Tar Heel High School to form West Bladen High School)
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Amy Hotz (2006-10-29). "The Beast of Bladenboro". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.