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Photo: NC 14 begins after entering NC on NC 87 (Chris Curley)
|N.C. 14 17 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at US 29-158 near Reidsville and ends at the Virginia State Line above Eden all within Rockingham County. The route continues 5 more miles as VA 87 to US 220 Ridgeway, VA.||Towns and Attractions:||Rockingham Co:Reidsville, Eden
NC 14 was born in late 1940, running from US 29 (Scales St at Madison) Reidsville northwest to NC 87 (now unnumbered old 87) at the Dan River just below Leaksville-Spray. This had been part of NC 65 and is the 2nd NC 14.
The first NC 14 was an original state highway. The 1921 Official Map shows a state highway from Chapel Hill to Hillsborough, then northeast to Timberlake. No highway is shown on the 1921 map running from Hillsborough northwest to anywhere.
The first noticeable change to NC 14 occurred in 1924 between Hillsborough and Prospect Hill. NC 14 was given a new alignment to the east bypassing Cedar Grove and McDade. The old route is today's McDade Store Rd and Old Hillsborough Rd.
There appears to be evidence NC 14 used Union Grove Church Rd and Arthur Minnis Rd from Calvander halfway to Hillsboro until 1926.
Later, NC 54 was born, which ran through Chapel Hill from Carrboro on what was also NC 14. It is not currently known if NC 14 was truncated to NC 54 at any point (would've been Hillsborough Rd at West Main in Carrsboro).
Today's NC 14 is a multilane highway from US 29 to NC 700-770, and provides a much more direct path from Reidsville to Eden then NC 87 does. In fact, given what NC 87 now does in Reidsville and Eden, it would make much more sense to put NC 87 on the US 29 bypass of Reidsville and over NC 14. This would of course kill 14 although you could move it to the bit of 87 between NC 65 and US 311/NC 770.
NC 14 does hold the distinction of being the endpoint of the unsigned US 311.