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                                                                                               Several self-guided walking tours abound

5 free, non-political things to do in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC, Aug 11, (AP):                  statue shows a prospector panning for                                                                                              houses went up, and today rows of wil-       lotte=208 . One starts at the NASCAR
President George Washington spent the         gold, representing the discovery of gold                                                                                           low oaks create “a green cathedral,”         Hall of Fame and goes past the Bechtler,
night in a Charlotte inn once and came        near Charlotte in 1799, with another fig-                                                                                          says Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the    Mint and Levine museums with a stop at
away unimpressed, referring to the city       ure representing banking and finance,                                                                                              Levine Museum of the New South in            Settlers’ Cemetery, where town founder
in his diary as a “trifling place.”           said to be modeled on former Federal                                                                                               Charlotte.                                   and Revolutionary War hero Thomas
   The Queen City — named after the           Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.                                                                                                      Houses here typically don’t have “for     Polk is buried. The 24-stop tour ends at
wife of King George II, who ruled the            The third statue shows a female tex-                                                                                            sale” signs. Nope, that’s too gauche.        the Epicentre, an entertainment facility
colonies — has made up for lost time          tile mill worker and a child, representing                                                                                         Instead, they’re advertised as “avail-       with great views.
and now is best known as a business           minors who worked in the mills before                                                                                              able.”                                          Tours of public art include a free shut-
city, home to Duke Energy and the place       labor laws outlawed the practice. The                                                                                                 Frescoes                                  tle service called the Gold Rush, as well
where Hugh McColl started a small             fourth statue representing the future also                                                                                            Ben Long, who grew up in Statesville,     as the Arts &Science Council’s 31-stop
bank called NCNB, which grew to               has a mother and child, with the state                                                                                             NC, studied fresco painting in Italy         walking/shuttle tour, which includes the
become the Bank of America. Soon,             flower, the dogwood.                                                                                                               before bringing the art to churches in his   frescoes and the Trade and Tryon stat-
Charlotte will be known as a city that           The nearby Bechtler Museum of Art                                                                                               home state. His largest and first secular    ues,
hosted the Democratic National                charges admission but you can take pic-                                                                                            fresco is a three-panel painting in the
Convention.                                   tures for free standing beneath the 17-                                                                                            Bank of America Corporate Center rep-
   Here are five of the best free things to                                                                                                                                      resenting themes of making/building,         program/public-art-walking-tour .
                                              foot-tall (5-meter) sculpture “Firebird,”                                                                                                                                          Other walking and driving tours are
do in Charlotte — and not a one               a new favorite spot for tourist photos.                                                                                            chaos/creativity, and planning/knowl-
involves holding a sign of support for a                                                                                                                                         edge.                                        outlined at
                                                 The square is named for the                                                                                                                                                  tionneighsummary.htm and
candidate or wearing a funny hat.             Mecklenburg Declaration of                   This July 17, 2012 photo shows a car drives under the canopy of oak trees on             Another Long fresco titled
   Independence Square                                                                     Queens Road West in Charlotte, NC. A wide street with million-dollar homes,           “Continuum” is located in the three- .
                                              Independence. Though widely disputed
   At the intersection of Trade and Tryon     by historians, some claim that the           Queens Road West is part of the Myers Park neighborhood developed at the turn         story archway leading to the courtyard at       The Green
streets stand four bronze statues, one on     Mecklenburg document was signed May          of the 20th century by the firm of John Nolen of Cambridge, Mass, renowned for        Transamerica Square. It portrays the            The Green, a 1.5-acre (.6 hectares)
                                              20, 1775, more than a year before the                                       urban planning. (AP)                                   many faces of North Carolina, including      downtown park at 435 S. Tryon St., is a
each corner. Three statues — commerce,
transportation and energy — look              Declaration of Independence — the one                                                                                              the UNC Tar Heel mascot and former           literary-themed park with sculptures of
                                                                                             Queens Road West                         of John Nolen of Cambridge, Mass.,         Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl.
toward the fourth, which represents the       written by Thomas Jefferson — was rat-                                                                                                                                          giant books, pages and a walkway of
                                              ified by the colonies on July 4, 1776.         A wide street with million-dollar        renowned for urban planning. Charlotte        Tours                                     sounds. Bright signs mark the intersec-
   The first statue shows a black laborer,    (The existence of another document, the      homes, Queens Road West is part of the     textile, banking and utility company          Several self-guided walking tours can     tions of author names, including
representing the workers who built            Mecklenburg Resolves, signed May 31,         Myers Park neighborhood developed at       families lived there. A Nolen employee,    be found online at http://www.char-          “Emily” and “Bronte,” ‘’Herman” and
Charlotte’s first railroads. The second       1775, is not disputed by historians.)        the turn of the 20th century by the firm   Earl Sumner Draper, planted trees before          “Melville,” and “Alice” and “Walker.”

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