The city of Belmont is located 15 miles west of uptown Charlotte and is flanked by the Catawba and South Fork Catawba rivers. Settlement in the Belmont area began around the colonial-era Fort at the Point, built in the 1750s by Dutch settler James Kuykendall and others. The fort was built because of ongoing hostilities with the Cherokee, but it was apparently never attacked. The South Point Community, located about 2-1/2 miles south of present-day downtown Belmont, was the site of Stowesville Mill. Founded by Jasper Stowe and Associates in 1853, it was one of the first three cotton mills in operation in Gaston County.
Belmont is home to the beautiful and nationally recognized Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a 450-acre botanical garden.
Sitting on the west shores of Lake Norman, Denver, North Carolina is a small southern town located at the east end of Lincoln County in western North Carolina. The east side of the lake was once home to small cottage homes and forests that stood not to long ago, but have now been replaced by multi-million dollar homes due to the tremendous growth of Charlotte and the ease of access from I-77. Unlike the east side, the west side, where Denver sits, has a much more laid-back and relaxing atmosphere.
The largest city of Gaston County Gastonia is also considered a part of the Charlotte metropolitan area. Gastonia has for years attracted shopping-minded visitors and presently feature 4 major shopping centers; Westfield Eastridge a large regional mall, Franklin Square is the other one of Gastonia’s premier shopping centers. The complex is divided into for Phases. Phase I features a The new Shops at Franklin and The Gaston Mall, which is currently in the process of a redevelopment that will possibly include a houses a large and popular fabric store called Mary Jo’s, and one of the oldest operating Harris Teeter grocery stores in the chain.
Mount Holly on the western bank of the Catawba River north of I-85 and south of NC 16. Improvements in the regional transportation network and the economic growth of the Charlotte-Metropolitan area, and Mount Holly’s strategic location between Charlotte and Gastonia, have created conditions for an expanding population in recent years.
Mountain Island Lake
Mountain Island Lake was created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station. Riverbend Steam Station is also located on Mountain Lake and uses the lake to cool the steam that drives the turbines
Once a small, farming village known as Shuffletown, the Mountain Island area has become a popular location for residential development. Numerous new housing developments are emerging along Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, which runs parallel to I-485 in this area from I-77 to Mountain Island Lake, and in the Northlake Mall area.
The Steele Creek Community dates back to the 1740’s and has been one of the fastest growing residential areas of Mecklenburg County. It also contains one of the highest employment concentrations in the county and is home to several recreation sites. The character of Steele Creek continues to change due to rapid residential, commercial, and other growth in the area.