, 2023-01-17 10:11:00,
The North Fork River has been getting a lot of attention lately, especially the section that runs through the center of town. It has been interesting to watch the giant rocks placed in the river to create water features that will hopefully draw people to the area to not only enjoy the water, but also the park and other features that surround it.
The river has played a vital role in the development of Norfolk since the first settlers arrived in 1866. Indeed, the river and the lumber and grist mill built along its banks dictated the town’s location. The downtown commercial area spread west of the river and the mill, while residential developments sprang up around the businesses.
One of those early residential districts was called Queen City Place, which was a project of Queen City Real Estate. In 1891, the company advertised the sale of “the most desirable” residential lots in the city.
“Although it undoubtedly has the most beautiful addition and with the most eligible location that has ever been planned in Norfolk, the company has been in no rush to put its property up for sale, preferring to wait until… the streets and avenues (were ) completely level. That time has now arrived and…buyers will have the opportunity to invest in what is destined to be Norfolk’s hottest residential addition,” according to his…
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