Monkey Junction, North Carolina
|Monkey Junction, North Carolina|
Monkey Junction is an unincorporated area near Wilmington, North Carolina in New Hanover County at the intersection of College Road (NC 132) and Carolina Beach Road (US 421). It is one of several centers of recent commercial and residential growth near Wilmington and is currently being targeted for annexation by the city of Wilmington.
The booming collection of restaurants and rest stops lies in a semi-coastal, flat wooded area. The nearby "Arrowhead Park" is a nod to a rich history of Native American human geography in New Hanover County. Moreover, the development of this area is an example of cultural inflation. Years ago, the intersection was nothing but a few gas stations and a Piggly Wiggly, but is now armed with a popular Wal-Mart, local restaurants, chain restaurants, and even department stores. The area is now diverse enough to support the still growing suburbs of the greater Wilmington area.
The intersection has been known as "Monkey Junction" for almost seventy years thanks to a gas station that was located there from the late 1930s through the mid-1970s. The station, run by Dina and Jack Spindle, kept live monkeys in order to attract customers from a bus that passed by on the way to and from Carolina Beach, which lies several miles south of the junction. The bus driver would stop near the station and announce "Monkey Junction". Soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Fisher were also regular customers who enjoyed being entertained by the monkeys.
Non-natives can be readily identified as they refer to the locale as it appears on maps "Myrtle Grove Junction", a reference to the local residential neighborhood nearby.
- "Monkey Junction annexation moves on" in StarNewsOnline.com, January 23, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "Beginnings of familiar people and places" in Wilmington Magazine, April 4, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
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