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DESTINATIONS City beat The heart of a community DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE Charlotte, N.C. People from Charlotte believe that once you’ve visited their vibrant city you can’t help but want to live there. It’s easy to see the attraction of this cosmopolitan city that offers rich culture, outdoor adventure, and a number of prospects for healthcare providers. Karin Marcus T homas Polk, the uncle of U.S. President James K. Polk, settled Charlotte in 1755 along a busy Native American trading path. During the Revolutionary War, Charlotte became the site of both British and American encampments. Following the Civil War, the city experienced a boom when it became a railroad hub and became involved in cotton processing. In the 1970s, the city began to gain a reputation for its modern banking practices, which led to Charlotte becoming the second largest banking center in the United States. Today, Charlotte is a hub for the banking and transportation industries and is home to approximately 758,000 residents. 28 LocumLife NOVEMBER 2009 CAPTIVATING CULTURE The Charlotte Museum of History and Hezekiah Alexander Homesite reside on eight acres and consist of several historic spots. Built around 1774, the 5,000-square-foot rock house is the oldest house in Mecklenburg County. The property, which offers guided tours, boasts a replica barn, log kitchen, and reconstructed springhouse. In 1999, a 36,000-squarefoot museum building opened offering three galleries that exhibit the story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The complex added the American Freedom Bell in 1999. The Mint Museum of Art opened in 1936 as the first fine art museum in North Carolina. The building that houses the museum was originally the first branch of the United SO MUCH TO DO Charlotte offers spectacular neighborhoods, scrumptious food, unique More of a West Coast person? Then head to Los Angeles, the city that offers something for everyone. Hear more about taking an assignment in the City of Angels at locumlife.com/la. J. Arthur Saus, MD, found his calling—cardiac anesthesia—while on assignment in North Carolina. Go to locumlife.com/saus to read about the turning point in the anesthesiologist’s career. www.LocumLife.com Photos: Getty Images/Digital Vision/Jeremy Woodhouse (top); Getty Images/Photographer’s Choice RF/Edwin Beckenbach (bottom) States Mint and used for that purpose until the Civil War. Today, the museum presents several collections, including American decorative arts and European and American ceramics. The Levine Museum of the New South opened in 2001. The 40,000-square-foot interactive museum explores post-Civil War life in the South and features award-winning exhibits. President James K. Polk State Historic Site sits on the original land once owned by the president’s parents. This historic site contains a reconstructed home with authentic furnishings from the early 1800s. A visitor’s center features both films and exhibits that tell the story of Polk’s life. The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center offers exceptional entertainment without having to visit Broadway. Performing groups such as the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Carolina, the North Carolina Dance Theatre, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra all call the center home. The Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1932 and performs at the performing arts center’s Belk Theater. The orchestra comprises more than 100 musicians and is the leading professional arts group in the central Carolinas.
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