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|N.C. 8 95 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at US 52 and NC 740 New London (Stanly County) and ends at the Virginia State Line at Colesville (Stokes County). The route continues 53 more miles as VA 8 to US 11 in Christiansburg, VA.||Towns and Attractions:||Stanly Co: New London
Davidson Co: Southmont, JOUAM Home, Lexington
Forsythe Co: Winston-Salem
Stokes Co: Danbury, Hanging Rock State Park
NC 8 was born by 1930 as new primary routing. The state upgraded the road from Lexington south 5 miles to the Junior Order United American Mechanics (JOUAM) children's home, which opened in 1928. Why this needed a new number as opposed to being a southern extension of the original NC 66 is beyond me.
About 1936, NC 8 was extended south as new primary routing to Abbot Creek, just below Southmont.
About 1939, NC 8 was extended southeast to NC 62 (current NC 49), again as new routing. The scans below show the first three incarnations of NC 8.
Between 1945-49, NC 8 was rerouted north of Winston-Salem by being removed from Indiana, Cherry St, and part of Germantown Rd and placed on Patterson Av out to Germantown Rd.
NC 8 was quiet for a while, but in 1953 it was extended west along NC 49, then south to New London, replacing the 3rd NC 6.
About 1954, NC 8 was placed on one way splits in Winston-Salem using 4th St (SB) and 5th St (EB).
US 52/NC 8 was moved onto more new freeway between Winston-Salem and Lexington in two steps, bypassing Midway between 1980-82, then bypassing Welcome between 1991-93.
About 2003 NC 8 was rerouted in Lexington, taking it off of its Main St routing in Lexington (old US 29-70 from way back) and using 5th/6th down to Raleigh Rd (old US 64) to Talbert Blvd. all the way back to Cotton Grove Rd near Main St. This is shown explicitly on the 2006 Online Davidson County Map
NC 8 is generally a 3-segment route. The southern third runs near the Uwharrie National Forest and skirts near the east side of High Rock Lake. The middle segment is freeway through Winston-Salem, while the northern third moves into some gnarlier territory in the piedmont area and sparsely settled Stokes County.
NC 8 is still split onto one-way streets north of Main St Lexington using 5th/6th Sts.
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