Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A place called Kill Devil Hills has got to have a good origin story. However, to’s surprise the devil referenced isn’t based on any conflict or an olden times misunderstanding about different cultures. Nope. Just Booze.

Shipwrecks were common at the time, and many of the ships were transporting barrels of rum. When a ship foundered, local wreckers would scavenge what they could of the ship’s cargo before it sank, hiding their pilfered rum behind.Since rum was called “Kill Devil” by the English at the time the dunes became known as “Kill Devil Hills.

The town of over just about 6,000 people is located in Dare County, North Carolina. Dare was named after the same person who was the namesake for one of the states.

It is named after Virginia Dare, the first child born in the Americas to English parents, who was born in what is now Dare County.

Buffalo City is/was also located in Dare. Similarly, they had their eyes on the drink.

The town’s history lasted approximately 80 years from the 1870s to 1950s, but at one time Buffalo City’s population of 3,000 in the early 20th century made it the largest community in Dare County.

When logging camps at Buffalo City began to close in the 1920s, moonshine became the primary revenue source for citizens. Almost every family in Buffalo City operated a still. Speakeasies throughout the eastern United States sold moonshine made in Buffalo City.

Turns out the illegal operation and the risk of going to jail was the peak of the town.

Outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, smallpox and the flu swept throughout the community in the 1940s. The combination of these diseases and lack of work resulted in Buffalo City’s population declining to 100 people. The sawmill closed in the early 1950s and the town was abandoned.

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