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"Boomtown Rabbits": The Rabbit Market in Chatham County, North Carolina, 1880-1920

"Boomtown Rabbits": The Rabbit Market in Chatham County, North Carolina, 1880-1920 essay .................... "Boomtown Rabbits" The Rabbit Market in Chatham County, North Carolina, 1880­1920 by Will Sexton Although rabbits flourished across the region, in the years between 1880 and 1920, Chatham County turned its rabbits into something like a regional brand, recognized throughout the South and along the eastern seaboard. By the end of the nineteenth century, the railroad district of the county's newest and biggest town, Siler City, had become the de facto rabbit capital of the Southeast. Photograph by Lewis Hine, courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress. he Eastern cottontail rabbit thrived in the edges that ran all across the North Carolina Piedmont in the late nineteenth century. Perennial rabbit dynasties filled the fields, meadows, and hedgerows over the spring and summer mating cycles. In September of 1896, they ran in such numbers that reports came of trains hitting them by the score. On November 1 of that year, Chatham County, the "happy hunting ground for Mr. Rabbit," opened what promised to be a banner season. The morning of December 2, snow began falling in the region, and continued throughout the day. Nine inches fell on the county seat of Pittsboro and brought out http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

"Boomtown Rabbits": The Rabbit Market in Chatham County, North Carolina, 1880-1920

Southern Cultures , Volume 18 (2) – Apr 29, 2012

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essay .................... "Boomtown Rabbits" The Rabbit Market in Chatham County, North Carolina, 1880­1920 by Will Sexton Although rabbits flourished across the region, in the years between 1880 and 1920, Chatham County turned its rabbits into something like a regional brand, recognized throughout the South and along the eastern seaboard. By the end of the nineteenth century, the railroad district of the county's newest and biggest town, Siler City, had become the de facto rabbit capital of the Southeast. Photograph by Lewis Hine, courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress. he Eastern cottontail rabbit thrived in the edges that ran all across the North Carolina Piedmont in the late nineteenth century. Perennial rabbit dynasties filled the fields, meadows, and hedgerows over the spring and summer mating cycles. In September of 1896, they ran in such numbers that reports came of trains hitting them by the score. On November 1 of that year, Chatham County, the "happy hunting ground for Mr. Rabbit," opened what promised to be a banner season. The morning of December 2, snow began falling in the region, and continued throughout the day. Nine inches fell on the county seat of Pittsboro and brought out

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