The Plank Road Foreman

The Plank Road Foreman (HMNL8)

Location: High Point, NC 27260 Guilford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 57.443', W 80° 0.352'

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This statue of a Plank Road Foreman is dedicated to the establishment of the City of High Point and in honor of the men and women who worked in local industries and businesses that made it famous.

In the 1840's and 1850's construction was commenced on the 130 mile plank road from Fayetteville to Salem. This intersection of the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road with the North Carolina Railroad resulted in a settlement that grew to become known as High Point.

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David A. Dowdy, Jr.
The "Plank Road Foreman" was the idea, creation and labor of love of High Point native son, David A. Dowdy, Jr. Through his careful research of the era in North Carolina's history that produced the Plank Road, Mr. Dowdy has sculpted a timeless reminder of the great vision shown by our City and State in this early example of economic development. Completely self-taught in this medium of expression, High Point's widely acclaimed sculptor has generously contributed to his hometown all of the labor and artistry for this magnificent statue. It now becomes a part of his other public pieces which include Alexander Graham Bell in Charlotte, George Watts Hill at the UNC Alumni Center in Chapel Hill and Senator Jesse Helms in the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate, NC.

Plank Road Foreman Statue Committee

Through efforts of the following High Pointers, the "Plank Road Foreman" can now be shared, enjoyed and remembered for many generations to come:

Aaron N. Clinard ? ? ? ? ? ? James H. Millis, Sr.
David A. Dowdy, Jr. ? ? ? ? ? ? James "Jim" F. Morgan

Dedicated 2004
HM NumberHMNL8
Year Placed2004
Placed ByPlank Road Foreman Statue Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:16pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 589648 N 3979678
Decimal Degrees35.95738333, -80.00586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 57.443', W 80° 0.352'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 57' 26.58" N, 80° 0' 21.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)336
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-122 W High Ave, High Point NC 27260, US
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