MS 264 Cyrus Hogue, Jr. Papers


This collection contains correspondence and other documents associated with Cyrus Hogue's involvement in advocating for a new bridge crossing over the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. After decades of campaigning by local citizens, the Wilmington bridge project finally came to fruition with the completion of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in 1969. Hogue, a local Wilmington lawyer and Chairman of the Democratic Party, was instrumental in working the State Highway Commission and Governor Terry Sanford to move the project forward. Primary correspondents in these papers include Merrill Evans, Chairman of the North Carolina State Highway Commission, Lauch Faircloth, State Highway Commission appointee who represented the southeast North Carolina district, and Governor Terry Sanford. Other prominent names include Willard (Bill) F. Babcock, North Carolina State Highway Director, O.O. Allsbrook, Mayor of Wilmington, and Hugh Morton, well known photographer and owner of Grandfather Mountain.