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Catawba County, North Carolina

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  • Jonas Conrad Killian (1827 - 1892)
  • Artie M. Kanipe (1879 - 1912)
  • Gaither LeRoy Kanipe (1884 - 1967)
    NC death certificate # 004230 Husband of Della (Setzer) Kanipe Informant Marie Kanipe (his daughter) Drum Funeral Home of Conover, NC* Updated from Find A Grave Memorial via Della Kanipe (born Setzer) ...
  • John Lambert Murray (1877 - 1982)
    Updated from Find A Grave Memorial via son Vent Homer Murray by SmartCopy : Oct 31 2014, 4:42:40 UTC
  • Sarah Lucinda Bowman (c.1818 - 1897)

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The county, formed in 1842 from Lincoln County, was named for the Catawba River. The word "catawba" is rooted in the Choctaw sound kat'a pa, loosely translated as "to divide or separate, to break." However, scholars are fairly certain that this word was imposed from outside. The Native Americans known as the Catawba people, a tribe of indigenous people who once inhabited the region, were once considered one of the most powerful Southeastern Siouan-speaking tribes in the Carolina Piedmont. They now live along the border of North Carolina near the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. German and Scots-Irish colonial immigrants first settled in the Catawba River valley in the mid-18th century. An official history of the German and Scots-Irish settlement was documented in 1954 by Charles J. Preslar, Jr. and more recently by a series of three books by Gary Freeze, called The Catawbans.

Catawba County is part of the "North Carolina Data Center Corridor" in western North Carolina. Maiden is home to the Apple iCloud data center and the largest privately owned solar farm in the United States (operated by Apple). As of 2017, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation controls a 55-acre business park in Conover designed for data centers and office use. CommScope and Corning, manufacturers of fiber optic cabling, became the region’s largest employers in the late 1990s.

Hickory is home to Lenoir–Rhyne University, the Hickory Motor Speedway, and the minor league baseball team the Hickory Crawdads. Conover is home to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Banoak
  • Brookford
  • Catawba
  • Claremont
  • Conover
  • Hickory
  • Lake Norman of Catawba
  • Long View
  • Maiden
  • Mountain View
  • Newton
  • St. Stephens
  • Sherrill's Ford
  • Terrell



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