THE HISTORY OF INDIAN TRAIL as told by Steven Houser, Jr. High quality DVD produced by Heather Jordon with the Student Film Production, Central Piedmont Community College. 10 minutes in length and filmed in 2013.
Welcome to the Indian Trail Arts and Historical Society (ITAHS) comprised of dedicated volunteers. Our mission is to research, compile, and celebrate the history of Indian Trail, North Carolina.
The Society is a charitable non-profit organization incorporated in 2010 and meets the qualifications for exemption from the provisions of the NC Charitable Solicitation Act. Contributions are also deductible under Section 170 of the IRS Code.
Brief History of Indian Trail
Thousands of years ago, Indian Trail, was one of numerous locations on a network of Indian paths extending along the eastern slope of America’s Appalachian mountains. The paths, developed and used by Indians for hunting, trade and warfare, also later brought European setters, especially Scotch-Irish and later Germans, to this place beginning around the mid 1700’s.
The “engine” for growth for our town was the coming of the railroad in 1874. By 1907, Indian Trail grew and prospered with a downtown including a cotton gin, brickyard, sawmill, corn mill, general stores, a drug store, grocery, telephone exchange, and a jail. In that same year the Town of Indian Trail was formally incorporated. The population then was around 200.
Indian Trail is located just a few miles east of the city of Charlotte, NC. For decades, this rural town and the surrounding area supplied the textile mills of Charlotte with cotton. By the 1990’s there was a noticeable shift from farming to suburban life. According to CNN.com, Indian Trail’s population tripled in 10 years from 2000 to 2010 by more than 33,000 increasing not only its size but in its diversity becoming the largest municipality in Union County.
Indian Trail managed to maintain itself as a desirable place to live in spite of this rapid growth. Family Circle Magazine (August 2009), one of the most widely read monthly magazines in the world, identified Indian Trail as one of the top ten best towns and cities across the country for Families. The top ten communities featured in this annual roundup of perfect places to call home combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces and A+ public school systems.
Whatever your talents may be, we hope you will consider joining us as a member in our efforts to preserve, document and impart our town’s dynamic and interesting history to our children, new arrivals, and future generations.
Message from our President
I am pleased that you have chosen to visit our Website. I am a life-long resident, attended school in Indian Trail, and have witnessed the many changes that have taken place in our town.
In 2005, when the Mayor and Town Council decided to celebrate the Town’s Centennial. I was one of those dozen or so volunteers who formed the Centennial Committee to fundraise and plan a program of activities. I served as vice chairperson from 2005 – 2007. Among its numerous accomplishments, the committee produced a book “Indian Trail The First 100 Years 1907-2007,” and a DVD “Indian Trail 1899 Through 2007 The Photographs.”
Following the successful Centennial Celebration, I was part of a core group of the Centennial Committee that organized The Indian Trail Arts and Historical Society to continue the work of preserving and celebrating the town’s heritage and promoting art and cultural programs to enrich its future. It has been my pleasure to serve as President of ITAHS since its inception in 2010.
Indian Trail and its residents have an interesting story to tell with many chapters yet to unfold. Won’t you join us in capturing and preserving our history?
The Walk Through History consists of a series of plaques featuring a picture or graphic and a brief historical narrative that tells some interesting aspect of Indian Trail’s history. The Walk Through History puts us in touch with those people and events that affected life in this town, helps us better understand and appreciate this “place” we call home, and tells our town’s story linking Indian Trail’s past to the present for future generations.
The memorial to the Woodland Indian in Crossing Paths Park has been designated as the starting point for the Walk Through History along along its meandering walkway. The Walk Through History tells the story of: The Original Inhabitants, The Indian Trading Path, Early Explorers, Early Settlers, The Great Wagon Road, The Stage Coach, The Railroad, Gold Mining, The Era of Cotton, Automobiles, Roads & NASCAR, the Founding Fathers of Indian Trail, and From Farm to Suburb, the recent rapid growth of the town. Click here to see a sample plaque.
Your financial assistance is needed to produce and install the signs in Crossing Paths Park in downtown Indian Trail.
If you would like to contact the author of these signs for further information please contact Roger J. Fish at 704-698-2990 or by e-mail at Rogerphish@ctc.net.
Donation to this project: A donation or donations totaling $20,000 will complete the job. Make your tax-deductible donation in any amount to “ITAHS” and write “Walk Through History” in the memo line. Send your check to Nancy Jacobsen, ITAHS Treasurer, to P.O. Box 1650, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-821-6577 for more information.