City of Kings Mountain is a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Located a mere thirty minutes from metropolitan Charlotte, we have been
able to maintain a small city charm, free from the typical urban sprawl.
Incorporated on February 11, 1874, Kings Mountain takes its name from
the historical Revolutionary battle fought five miles South, thus
bringing meaning to our motto "The Historical City." This battle was
very important in early American history, being proclaimed "the turning
point of the American Revolution in the South" by Andrew Jackson.
W.A. Mauney was the first citizen of
Kings Mountain. He was the first man to establish a home, opened the
first store, was the first postmaster, builder of the first cotton mill
and pioneered in the banking business of that general section. W.A.
Mauney also cut many paths and roads through the wilderness.
In 1870-72 the building of the
Charlotte-Atlanta Airline Railway was the impetus for the founding of
Kings Mountain town. Farmers had no vision of turning the land into town
lots or industrial sites, but men of other parts of the county and
adjacent areas saw the possibilities for development. Freno Dilling
moved his sawmill from Cherryville to the site of the present Kings Mill
on N. Piedmont Avenue in May, 1872. The first railroad track was laid in
the fall of that same year. The Dilling sawmill supplied some of the
cross ties and his well furnished water to the railroad engines.
Today Interstate 85 and US Highway 74
run through the City, making Kings Mountain ideally located for
transportation needs of its many businesses. Kings Mountain industries
were firmly based on textiles in the early years, but transportation,
along with three established Industrial Parks have diversified the
business climate. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is nearby,
giving us a virtual lifeline to the World.
An indoor natatorium and a new
multi-million dollar Junior Olympic Swimming Pool and Sports Complex
offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.
Gardner Webb University is only a
thirty minute drive and UNCC is forty five minutes away. Both schools
are four year degree institutions offering excellent masters and
The location and history not only
makes Kings Mountain unique but also the fact that we own and operate
our own utilities of Gas, Electric, Water and Sewer providing one-stop
shopping convenience for those requiring our services. We also own
John Henry Moss Lake, which not only provides recreational
activities, but also provides our city's water supply.
With the Kings Mountain National
Military Park, and two state parks within a five minute drive from
the center of town, we have the opportunity of enjoying nature as well
as the history of our area. Over one million visitors pass through these
parks each year.
Kings Mountain is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
in an area known as the Piedmont of North Carolina. Ideally located
between Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C., it is served by I-85 and
U.S. Highways 74 and 29.
Kings Mountain: 10,050
Kings Mountain Township: 17,050
Cleveland County: 91, 381
Annual Mean Temperature: 59
Winter Average: 40
Summer Average: 80
Average Rainfall: 48 inches