From Jen Tota McGivney with Charlotte Magazine:

How a tiny city along the railroad tracks became the coolest, newest old mill town around

“One photograph changed Allen Millican’s life.

In it, the 1951 Belmont Christmas parade marches down Main Street. It’s one of those pictures with endless details for a history buff to appreciate: the letter girls leading the parade, wearing shirts spelling B-E-L-M-O-N-T, if not the cheeriest expressions; late 1940s model Fords and Chevys lining the street; old signs promoting Belk and Stowe Mercantile; the candid expressions of people frozen in ordinary moments. ‘It reached out and grabbed me,’ Millican says now.

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