Hill's Durham (Durham County, N. C.) City Directory, 1934, Vol. 23

Hill's Durham (Durham County, N. C.) City Directory, 1934, Vol. 23

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Excerpt from Hill's Durham (Durham County, N. C.) City Directory, 1934, Vol. 23: Containing an Alphabetical Directory of Business Concerns and Private Citizens, a Directory of Householders, Occupants of Office Buildings and Other Business Places, Including a Complete Street and Avenue Guide

James Buchanan Duke, becoming convinced that it was neither practicable nor profitable to compete with Bull Durham smoking tobacco, turned the vision of his great genius into the cigarette field, and from that day to the present hour the increasing volume of the tobacco industry has become the common property of mankind.

In 1869, on April 10, almost exactly four years after Johnston sur rendered to Sherman, Durham was born. There were less than inhabitants in the village, and the total municipal revenue was The largest taxpayer paid in taxes. In 1870 there were probably less than 100 wage-earners in industrial pursuits in the town.

The tobacco industry grew at a very rapid rate, using large quanti ties of bright-leaf tobacco. While much of this type of tobacco was. Grown around Durham, it was sold at tobacco markets in Richmond and other Virginia cities, and local manufacturers had to pay the cost of transporting the tobacco back from Virginia to Durham. This condition made desirable the opening of warehouses for the sale of leaf tobacco in Durham, and resulted in this city becoming one of the largest bright-leaf tobacco markets in the world, now selling from 28 to 30 million pounds each season.

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