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Morganton City Schools - Superintendant's Home

Located on the northeast corner of South Green and East Concord Streets. It was razed ca 1970 to make room for the Burke County Courthouse.



Historic Burke Foundation

R. M. Linegerger Collection     





Jonas Ridge School

Hwy 181 Jonas Ridge, NC

Completed in 1939. It had four classrooms, an office, a library, two large restrooms and and an auditorium. Each room had a stove. It was used as a school until 1965. It later served as a community building. In the early 1980's the interior of the building burned. The outer walls were torn down.


Burke County Public School System




Linville Falls

Rufus Morgan (1846-1880) took this photograph of Linville Falls prior to the upper block falling in 1903.


R. Douglas Walker, Jr.



Morganton City Hall and Fire Department

Located on the east side of the 100 block of North King Street in Morganton. It was razed around 1962.

Photographer: L. E. Webb.



R. Douglas Walker, Jr.



Morganton Furniture Company

Started operations in 1906. Arthur Cyrus Chaffee was the first superintendent. It was located on New Street, Morganton, NC. The company merged with Drexel Furniture Company in 1956.




Greene Studio




The Morganton Graded School

Built during 1905-06. All grades were taught here until the new high school was opened in 1922. The new Burke County Courthouse is currently on the site.



R. Douglas Walker, Jr.



North Carolina School for the Deaf - Carpentry Shop

ca 1930



Historic Burke Foundation

R. M. Lineberger Collection




Optimist Park (Clearwater Beach)

ca 1958

The Optimist Club of Morganton purchased 86 acres of land at Clearwater Beach from J. Edward Butler in 1952. The park remained in operation until 1988. Its official name was for most of this time the Morganton Optimist Park and Clearwater Camp for Youth, Inc.

Photography by Wayne W. Hitt



Wayne W. Hitt




Piedmont Bank Building

The oldest building presently standing in the downtown Morganton business district. The exterior was restored in 1877-78, and the interior was restored in 1983-84.


Photograpy by F.W. Tyler.




Burke County Historical Society

(Dr. I. M. Taylor)


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