The Highways of North Carolina
N.C. 7 
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Photo: NC 7 begins just west of the Catawba River, following the original US 74 corridor. (Adam Prince)
NC 7's Eastern End
N.C. 7  12 miles
The Road: Begins US 321 Gastonia and ends at US 29-74 near Belmont all of which is in Gaston County.
Towns and Attractions: Gastonia, Lowell, McAdenville, Belmont. Belmont Abbey College
History: NC 7 was born in 1932 as a renumbering of NC 29. It ran essentially just like it does today.

1931 Official
NC 29 cruising the old town route
1933 Official
NC 7 replaces NC 29

About 1935, NC 7 was extended west as new primary routing to end at US 29-74 near Kings Mountain.

1936 Official

In 1938, NC 7 was restored to its original routing. The western extension became US 29-74 (which had looped up to Bessemer City).

1939 Official

In 1953, NC 7 was extended slightly west to meet the new routing of US 321 which moved from Marietta St to Chester Ave.

Comment: NC 7 is essentially a locals-only kind of route. Before it was NC 29 it was the original NC 20 and US 74 through Gaston County. It makes a number of turns as it works its way through its towns.
NC 7 has three exits with I-85 and is in such proximity to the interstate and US 29-74 that many maps can't show it.
NC 7 is part of the popular McAdenville Christmas Lights Show
There is an "Old NC 7" at its eastern terminus, where NC 7 met US 29-74 near the Catawba River Bridge. Adam believes this was abandoned when US 29-74 was twinned in the 1950s. Today this provides boat access to the river and does not allow access to US 29-74.
Lyndon Young reports the existence of a TRUCK NC 7 and passed along a photo at the NC 273 intersection with US 29-74. He did not know where the truck route began or ended, but it is a recent development.

2000 ADC
NC 7 truck

Last Update: 15 September 2006

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