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Dilworth North Carolina is part of Mecklenburg County and sub-division of the larger metropolis of Charlotte with 199 neighborhoods extending from Uptown to Ballantyne. Dilworth was founded in the 1890's by Edward Dilworth Latta on 250 acres, which included Latta Park. Dilworth provided Charlotte with its first streetcar. Following the original layout of Charlotte, the eighth ward was initially chosen for the community now known as Dilworth. The streets are lined with majestic full-grown oak trees and most houses have lovely front porches. The main road going through Dilworth is East Boulevard with several restaurants and unique shops, some of these are found in refurbished houses. The largest hospital serving Charlotte the Carolinas Medical Center is the areas only Level 1 trauma center. The hospital consists of 861 beds and is the only teaching hospital in Dilworth. Dilworth is found on the base of the Appalachian Mountains and is a short three-hour drive to the Atlantic Ocean. In 1792, the eastern edge of Mecklenburg County consisted of several farmers who traveled into Raleigh to break away from their present county forming a new county of their own in the state legislature. The new county became Cabarrus named after the man with the vote that broke the tie for the formation of the new county. On the outer edge of Charlotte is a reproduction of the birthplace of James K. Polk. Polk built the original house at the juncture of two Indian footpaths between the Yadkin and Catawba rivers. One path was a section of the Great Wagon Road going from north and south. The other path journeys from the east and west and is part of Charlottes current Trade Street. NASCAR has several offices in the Charlotte area and about seventy-five percent of the industries workers and their drivers operate out of these offices. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in May of 2010 in Charlotte one week before the Sprint All-Star Race. Other areas of interest in the Dilworth area are the National Whitewater Rafting Center, Falls Lake State Recreational Area in Wake Forest, The Reed Gold Mine, The Mint Museum of Art, and The Billy Graham Library and Birth Place in Charlotte.