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Photo: NC 41's first northbound reassurance (David Brunot)
|N.C. 41 147 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at US 70 near Cove City (Craven County) and ends at the South Carolina State Line near Marietta (Robeson County). The route continues 125 miles as SC 41 to end at US 17 Mt. Pleasant, SC.||Towns and Attractions:||Craven Co.: None
Jones Co.: Trenton
Duplin Co.: Beulaville, Wallace
Sampson Co.: Harrells
Bladen Co.: White Lake, Elizabethtown
Robeson Co.: Lumberton, Fairmont
NC 41 was born about 1928 as new primary routing. It ran from NC 40/US 17-1 (now part of NC 11) Tin City northeast to NC 24 (now SR 1800) east of Jacksons Crossroads.
In 1929, NC 41 was extended west from Tin City to Wallace. Also, NC 41 was extended northeast to NC 12 (now NC 58) near Trenton.
In 1930, NC 41 was extended west to NC 60 (now US 421) Harrells.
In 1932, NC 41 was extended west again as new routing, to US 701/NC 23 White Lake.
Between 1934-36, NC 41 was rerouted between Chinquapin and Beulaville onto its current routing instead of today's Old Chinquapin Rd.
In late 1934, NC 41 was extended with US 701 into Elizabethtown, then replaced NC 201 through Dublin and Lumberton, then replaced NC 70 south through Fairmont to South Carolina.
Between 1937-44, NC 41 was rerouted in the Comfort area, leaving behind Old Comfort Rd.
In 1952, NC 41 was rerouted west of Harrells to its modern routing. Most of the old routing to Tomohawk became part of NC 411.
In 1959 or 1960, NC 41 was rerouted to avoid Dublin and run directly from Elizabethtown to Lumberton. The old route used today's NC 87 and SR 1191, Old NC 41.
Sometime in recent years (official maps do not give away the date) NC 41 was rerouted in Lumberton. Coming in from the east, NC 41 cuts south with NC 211, then west with NC 72 back to Fairmont St. Elizabeth Ave became SR 2055 and Pine St became more of SR 1997.
NC 41 changes directional designations at Lumberton from N-S to E-W.
NC-SC 41 is a good way to backdoor your approach to Charleston, SC from I-95 if you don't mind a lot of 2-lane emptiness in your travels.
Based on its shape nobody would intentionally drive NC 41 from end to end as a through route.