Before Charlotte started swallowing up its neighboring unincorporated communities with names such as Paw Creek, Sharon, Newell, Clear Creek and Dixie these little crossroads and sometimes actual towns had their own post office, grocery or general store and regular mail service. Now, what’s left of them has been incorporated into the Charlotte city limits and sometimes the only way to find out that they did exist are street signs for the streets that have been named for them or memories of our older residents.
One of these towns located in western Mecklenburg County was the town of Thrift. Located on Mt. Holly Road going towards the town of Mt. Holly (NC 27) they could boast of having a nearby train station, the Piedmont and Northern station at Paw Creek as well as a regular post office.
Unfortunately, nothing remains of the community today, not even the post office. I have even gone down Highway 27 in an effort to find any traces of the old community except for the name of a short road named Thrift (which is off of Freedom Drive)
If anyone who used to live out that way before the tank farms were built wants to talk with me, please let me know – I will be happy to help you record and save your memories.