Friday, September 06, 2013

Get to know your streets: Six Forks Road

It took a long time for me to not get confused when people talked about Six Forks Road and Wake Forest Roads. As a non-native Raleighite, they both just seemed to be parallel-running, business-heavy arteries. I have, of course, now come to learn that they are both very different (and that they actually do go in opposite directions ... sort of.)

But I have wondered of late: why Six Forks? Let's go to  Google!

From City-Data: What roads came together to form Six Forks?

Poster J-lurk replied: I always thought this was from the intersection of Six Forks, Strickland, and Leadmine ... though Leadmine has been moved now and I could be wrong.

Yes, that's nice, but where did the name come from? Forks of a river? Forks in the road?


Six Forks gets its name not from kitchen utensils, but from the crossroads of Six Forks, which currently is a simple intersection of Six Forks and Strickland roads but originally had two extra roads, Lead Mine and Baileywick roads, intersecting in close proximity. (Six Spoons Road and Six Knives Road, however, owe their existence to their nearby and more famous neighbor. They're simply cul-de-sacs off Ramblewood Drive just inside the Beltline.)

Now you know. And so do I.


Chuck Till said...

The vicinity of Six Forks and Strickland was known for many years as Tippers Crossroads. The Tippers family owned land in the vicinity as far back as 1790. Six Forks Baptist Church, which has been reopened as a Korean church, was built in 1893. By at least 1911, the common name had changed to Six Forks.

M. Lail said...

Thanks for the insight!