Midway, North Carolina

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Town of Midway
Town
Official seal of Town of Midway
Seal
Nickname(s): Gateway To Davidson County
Location of Midway shown within North Carolina
Location of Midway shown within North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°57′12″N 80°13′5″W / 35.95333°N 80.21806°W / 35.95333; -80.21806Coordinates: 35°57′12″N 80°13′5″W / 35.95333°N 80.21806°W / 35.95333; -80.21806
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Davidson
Incorporated June 29, 2006
Government
 • Mayor George Byrum
Elevation 890 ft (270 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,679
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 27107, 27127, 27295
Area code(s) 336
Website www.townofmidwaync-gov.net
The town was named for position between Winston-Salem and Lexington.
Midway welcoming sign during construction on Old U.S. Hwy 52.

Midway is an incorporated town in Davidson County, North Carolina located within a township of the same name. Midway is situated approximately 890 feet (270 m) above sea level, and as of 2010, has a population of 4,679. Midway is part of the Piedmont Triad region and is neighbored by the communities of Arcadia, Welcome, and Wallburg. Every autumn, the town hosts the Midway Christmas Parade in celebration of the coming Christmas season.

Etymology[edit]

The town of Midway derives its name from its relative geographic location, "midway" between the cities of Winston-Salem and Lexington. Urban sprawl and annexation by the city of Winston-Salem has muddled the logical apparency of the town's name since the city limits of Winston-Salem now share a border with Midway while Lexington's nearest border is seven miles (11 km) away. Originally, the community which now forms the center of modern Midway was founded as Eller when the Eller train depot was constructed, labeled as such after members of the Eller family which resided nearby. Until incorporation in 2006, many maps still marked the area as Eller, despite disuse of the name over time by the public, local media, and local establishments. Eller was founded by George Washington Eller. The Eller family still owns land in Midway.

Post office[edit]

The town of Midway does not currently have a post office, nor a zip code to its name. Rather than being within the town limits, the post office with the Midway, North Carolina, designation is found in a small community of the same name in Rockingham County, North Carolina, five miles (8 km) southwest of Reidsville. As a result, most residents of the town either use Winston-Salem or Lexington city names for mailing via the United States Postal Service.

Incorporation[edit]

The community sought incorporation from 2004-2006 to protect local identity and to prevent annexation by nearby Winston-Salem. The successful incorporation of nearby Wallburg inspired the formation of the Midway Incorporation Committee, which led the effort to make Midway a town. A petition drive in 2005 gathered the required signatures of 51 percent of the voting population within the proposed town limits. In April 2005, the city of Winston-Salem granted the incorporation committee the approval to seek incorporation with a few minor changes to the proposed town limits, a necessary step required by the North Carolina Constitution. An act of incorporation was then submitted to the North Carolina General Assembly for approval (Senate Bill S1852), which was unanimously ratified on June 29, 2006. The act passed by the General Assembly officially established the "Town of Midway", which encompasses nearly eight square miles and has a population of approximately 5,000; it also gave the newly formed municipality its governing document, known as a town charter. Midway is Davidson County's fifth and newest incorporated municipality. Norman Wilkes was the town's first (interim) mayor, and held the title until official elections in 2007, when George Byrum became the town's first elected mayor.

Education[edit]

Midway is home to Midway Elementary School, a K-5 grade school, which is part of the Davidson County School System. The school feeds into North Davidson Middle (grades 6-8) and North Davidson High (grades 9-12), both located in neighboring Welcome.

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