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The town of Carrboro, North Carolina is situated in Orange County. It was settled in 1882 at the terminus of the State University Railroad spur and was originally called West End. In 1898, Thomas Lloyd built a steam-powered grist mill which became the Alberta Cotton Mill, and the population of West End increased. In 1900, the name of the town was changed to Lloydville in honor of Mr. Lloyd. In 1909, a businessman from Durham, Julian Shakespeare Carr, bought the Alberta Cotton Mill as well as some other buildings, and this became part of his existing business in Durham, Durham Hosiery Mills. In 1911, the town was incorporated and named Venable after the president of the University of North Carolina, Francis Preston Venable. It remained Venable for two years before being renamed Carrboro after Julian Car expanded the mill and provided electricity to the village.

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