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Stanley grew from a mid-1700's settlement along a small creek in (then) Tryon County reportedly named for a gold prospector "Mr. Stanley" who had moved on. Gold was a profitable industry in the early 1800's; in Stanley Creek Community, the More and the Smith gold mines supplied ore for coining to the U.S. Mint until North Carolina's Gold Rush was eclipsed by California's in 1849. The year 1860 saw the community connected by rail to Charlotte and points east. After the Civil War, textiles came to Gaston County because of the plentiful water power for the mills: Stanley Creek Cotton Mills (est.1891) underwent several owner and name changes to become, in 1918, the Lola Manufacturing Company. The Stanley Creek Community itself underwent name changes as building the Brevard Station (which developed its own community,) resulted in merging two communities and incorporating in 1870 as Brevard Station Community, then Stanley Creek, and finally, Stanley.
Stanley Historical Resources
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