N.C.’s roadside history markers generate 600K words

A N.C. roadside markerFrom the Wilmington Star News:

The state’s history office is taking the last steps on a long road toward writing a 600,000-word essay on North Carolina – at about 400 words a clip.

Each segment chronicles a stop on the agency’s state’s roadside marker program, which has history at more than 1,500 locations to as little as five lines of text.

For nearly 75 years, the signs have been a dollop of history sufficient for most motorists, some who like to spend a leisurely afternoon driving to search for markers using a state-published directory. But it’s not enough for others in an age of faster cars, distracted drivers and the immediacy of the Internet.

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