I've probably walked on or past Boundary Street in Historic Oakwood a gazillion times over the years, but this morning was the first time I ever stopped to think: "the boundary to what?" Was it the boundary to the neighborhood? Does it go back to something older and more nefarious? (Was it the boundary between the haves and the have-nots, for instance?)
A quick Google search revealed this:
Historic Oakwood's Northern border is loosely bounded by Franklin Street and Boundary Street. Oakwood's Eastern boundary is the Historic Oakwood Cemetery. From there, it runs South to Edenton Street and West to Person Street.
But that still didn't tell me much. So I needed more info. And when Google won't give you what you desire, you go to a person, right? And in this case, the best person to ask is Raleigh historian Matthew Brown, a longtime Oakwood resident.
"Boundary Street actually was called North Boundary Street," said Matthew. "[Some of] the signs still say 'N. Boundary.' The old city directories listed it under the Ns as 'North Boundary.' It was the northern boundary of the City of Raleigh from 1857 to around 1900."
So there you have it. Oh, and in case you were wondering why there was a NORTH Boundary?
"There was also a South Boundary Street, but it became part of what is now Martin Luther King Blvd.," explained Matthew.
History, people. Love it.