BY GEORGE, THEY fixed it.
The historical marker for Hoop Pole Creek has been “edited” by the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources to repair the typo in the name of this historic site.
Gone is the old sign on West Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach near Town Park that was cast in 1962 by the marker maker as “Hoophole” Creek.
The shiny, silver and black new marker is located a tad farther to the west. You will find it adjacent to the Atlantic Beach Post Office.
Hoop Pole Creek is where Union Gen. John Parke assembled his troops and artillery to launch the land assault on the Confederate forces at Fort Macon during the War Between the States.
Gen. Parke’s brigade had ferried soldiers and cannons across Bogue Sound from its encampment at Carolina City on the mainland to its Hoop Pole Creek staging area.
A state historic marker for Carolina City, also cast in 1962, was erected on Arendell Street in Morehead City near the NC Division of Marine Fisheries building to mark the spot of the small village of Carolina City.
However, the sign was damaged this past winter when a vehicle skidded due to slippery road conditions on Feb. 24 and collided with the marker. Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash, according to the Morehead City Police report.
The pole is still standing, but the marker is in the shop for repair and should be ready later this summer.
Interestingly, this year is the 80-year anniversary of the North Carolina historical marker program. Since 1935, more than 1,500 roadside signs have been installed, and you will find them in all 100 counties.
Carteret County currently has 25 of the historical markers … or will have when Carolina City is re-installed. Discovering all of them can be an interesting daytrip for vacationers to the Crystal Coast.
For a head start, go to www.ncmarkers.com and click on the search button. Be sure to read the “essays” that accompany each write-up about the markers.
Set aside a little extra time to go see Hoop Pole Creek and explore the Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail, which is maintained by the NC Coastal Federation. The trailhead is across from the Atlantic Station Shopping Center in Atlantic Beach. It’s an easy hike, just one-mile roundtrip.
The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce is spearheading efforts to increase “our inventory” of state historic markers. There is no limit to how many a county can have. Anyone can apply to the Dept. of Cultural Resources. State taxpayers pay to have the signs made. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Wagoner, President
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce