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The North Carolina city of High Point is located, for the most part, in Guilford County. It also has sections in Davidson, Forsyth, and Randolph Counties. Known for the local furniture and textile manufacturing, it was named because of its distinction of being the highest point of the North Carolina Railroad between Goldsboro and Charlotte. High Point was first settled in the first part of the 1700s by Quakers and German immigrants. Its location at the crossroads of the North Carolina Railroad and the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road served them well as far as commerce is concerned. It was incorporated in 1859, and the first of its famous factories opened in 1889. In the early 1900s, the city was called "Little Chicago" because its crime rate was so high. In 1918, the year that the police department got its first automobile, it began issuing drivers licenses for $1.00 each. In 1924, High Point University was founded.

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