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 Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill



Book Introduction

     East of the Great Smokey Mountains, on the rolling, green hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont, lies one of America’s most unique phenomena, known simply as “the Triangle.”

     Anchored at three corners by Raleigh, Durham, and the college town of Chapel Hill, the Triangle is home to an unprecedented concentration of the country’s most brilliant researchers, scientists, medical practitioners, and educators. This massive “think tank,” a deliberate collaboration of universities and industries, has incubated many high-tech products and innovations that are changing lives throughout our global community.

     Filled with the evocative photography of Raleigh native Edwin Morgan, these photographs provide an intimate tour of the exceptional communities of the Triangle.


     Raleigh was specifically built in 1792 as the state capital. Today it is home to over 300,000 people and is best known as the creator of Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the world.

     The photographer's camera takes you inside the State Capitol, research-powerhouse N.C. State University, and Raleigh’s world-class museums, with their highly acclaimed collections of art, natural history and science. Learn about Raleigh’s favorite festivals and endulge in her pristine parks and outdoor spaces.


     Walk the grounds of the birthplace of America’s tobacco industry – the modest farm of Washington Duke -- where the first crops of marketable tobacco grew out of a rich soil, perfect for the task.

     Durham was the lucky recipient of the Duke family’s boundless philanthropy, most notably Duke University, with its world-ranked medical center. Now known as the “City of Medicine,” Durham hosts over three-hundred health and medicine related companies.

Chapel Hill

     Chapel Hill is home to UNC-Chapel Hill, the first public university in the country and the only one to award degrees to students in the 18th century. The camera lens explores the forested grounds of one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation where 27,000 students and a faculty of three thousand create a learning environment of world-class excellence.

     The richly photographed tour of “the Triangle” beautifully depicts one of America’s most fascinating metropolises.


The largest natural history museum in the Southeast is also the most visited museum in North Carolina. After 121 years, the Raleigh museum moved to this splendid, new building, quadrupling the size of its previous quarters.

“TERROR OF THE SOUTH” (bottom left)
Nicknamed Acro or “Terror of the South,” this giant, prehistoric animal is a top attraction at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This is the only skeleton on display anywhere in the world of Acrocanthosaurus Atokensis, a 110-million-year-old predatory dinosaur. At thirteen feet tall and forty feet long, Acro towers over neighboring exhibits of 200 species of live animals that include hellbender salamanders and two-toed sloths.

Plans were launched in 1919 for a bell tower that would serve as a memorial for alumni who had died in World War I. After numerous delays and another world war, the bell tower was finally completed thirty years later.


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