Annual Neighborhood Walk | West End, East Campus & Beyond

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Annual Neighborhood Walk with, “Street Historian” John Schelp


Sunday, March 28, 2021 @ 4:00pm

Join the Zoom Virtual Hike on March 28
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Meeting ID: 829 6994 1787
Passcode: history
Where was Wall Street? What’s a Pinhooker? How did the Washington Duke Cigar Stand end up in a federal trial? Where did Madonna take early dance lessons? Why is Walltown called Walltown? What highway was going to connect Duke Gardens and Oval Park? Which famous songwriter was born behind Monuts? Where was the West Durham airport? Why wasn’t Cameron Indoor Stadium built on Ninth Street? Where was Kevin Costner spotted in his boxer shorts, near East Campus? What’s buried under Duke Hospital? Why do neighborhoods change so quickly in Durham?
To know the history of West Durham is to know ‘the ridge.’ Main Street and the railroad tracks follow the ridge. Pinhook, East Campus, Erwin Mills, NC’s first highway, Watts Hospital, the city’s oldest golf course, and West Campus were all located near the ridge. Local street historian John Schelp will narrate, showing vintage Durham postcards along the way. 
Co-hosted by the Old West Durham, Walltown and Watts-Hillandale Neighborhood Associations, Open Durham/Preservation Durham, Museum of Durham History, and the Sierra Club. Join us on Zoom, rain or shine (and bring a friend).
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Join Zoom Hike on March 28
Meeting ID: 829 6994 1787
Passcode: history
Virtual attendees are limited to 100, if there is high demand a second virtual tour is forthcoming in May.