American Tobacco

American Tobacco Complex

Durham did not exist as a city at the time of the Civil War, it was just a small community surrounding Durham Station. The city grew rapidly when tobacco pioneers like Washington Duke expanded their farm based cigarette production business on an industrial scale. Durham in the early 20th century was built around tobacco warehouses and cigarette factories. The Duke families philanthropy built the famous Duke University, now the dominant employer in the city. See Wikipedia for more information.

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