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In 1853, Mrs. Anne Troutman, a widow, moved to a location that forks with the Charlotte Road and a road that goes in the direction of the Catawba River. Nothing there but "virgin forest".  Her two sons, Sydney and Jacob were lads just about grown.  They built the home that became the foundation of the town of Troutman. 

The sons were workers in wood and iron.  Their intention was to ply their trade so they built a shop and began making wagon and carriages. 

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In 1861, the railroad was built from Charlotte to Statesville. As it happened, a camp for construction workers for the railroad was located near the shop of the Troutman boys. It came to be known in railroad circles as "Troutmans".  After a bridge was completed to open up the road to Statesville, a small depot was erected and the station was formally named Troutmans.
The conditions at that time were quite difficult for starting the business. To make a wagon or buggy meant beginning at the root of a tree and taking the necessary raw material. Then, they had to go to Charleston or Richmond for the iron which had to be hammered into intricate pieces for correct fittings.  There were no railroads or sawmills in the county at this time.  The process was infinitely slow but it was necessary and furnished steady and lucrative employment. In later years, after the railroad had been sold or changed ownership, the small fork in the road had become to be named "Troutman".  One of the reasons the name "Troutman" became known regionally was because the old Richmond & Danville Railroad marked the destination address as "Troutman". 

This is a brief history of the early days of Troutman. For a more detailed history, go to Troutman History.

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