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Photo: NC 22 at its new beginning (Dave Filpus)
|N.C. 22 59 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at NC 2 Southern Pines (Moore County) and ends at NC 62 Climax in Guilford County.||Towns and Attractions:||Moore Co: Southern Pines, Carthage
Chatham Co: Bennett
Randolph Co:Ramseur, Franklinville
Guilford Co: Climax
NC 22 was born in 1934, running from NC 27 near Carthage north to US 421 Greensboro. This was a renumbering of NC 64.
In 1940 or 1941, NC 22 was rerouted at High Falls. Originally, NC 22 jutted east a mile or so on River Rd before crossing the Deep River on Sessom Rd (22 did not cross Buffalo Creek at all unlike today)
Between 1945-49, NC 22-902 was straightened out through Bennett, leaving behind a zig-zag routing using Buffalo and Catham Sts plus NC 902.
The first NC 22 was an original state highway. Initially it ran from its parent NC 20 (now Bus. US 74-76) Whiteville to Fayetteville, then northeast through Dunn, Benson, and Smithfield before ending at NC 40 (precursor to US 117) south of Wilson.
In 1925, NC 22 was removed from the Fayetteville to Whiteville routing in favor of NC 21 (today this is US 701 Bus and US 701 from Whiteville to Elizabethtown and generally NC 87 to Fayetteville...for more detail on the NC 87 potion, check out the history of NC 21). Instead NC 22 was sent from Fayetteville through Lumberton down to the South Carolina line which was a renumbering of part of NC 70.
In late 1926, US 217 was assigned to the entirety of NC 22.
In 1932 US 217 was renumbered as US 301.
In 1934, NC 22 was dropped from the route, which remains US 301 today except Raynham to Lumberton uses old US 301; in Lumberton used Pine St; in Fayetteville used Gillespie St, Clinton Rd, and Dunn Rd.
Lou Corsaro reports that when NC 22 was blocked by the new I-85 construction at US 421, a convoluted detour was setup that dropped you out on Old Randleman Rd (old US 220)
The original north end of NC 22 may no longer exist as freeway construction has totally altered the US 117-US 301 interactions. NC 22 used to run into NC 40 right at the US 117's bridge over the railroad that was near US 301.