Established in 1935, it is the second incarnation NC 205, creating a new primary routing between the towns of Marshville and Red Cross. In the late 1940s, it was extended southwest along Main Street to the new alignment of US 74; it then changed by 1953 onto a new extension of Elm Street to US 74, leaving Main Street.
The first NC 205 was an original state highway (1921), connecting Kings Mountain to Grover. In 1926, US 29 was added to all of NC 205. In late 1934, NC 205 was dropped, leaving behind US 29 and NC 216.