City of Gastonia’s 141st birthday – historical photo gallery

Horse-drawn carriages in downtown Gastonia in 1900.
1900 - Main Street in Gastonia. Courtesy of Gaston County Arts & History Museum.

On Jan. 26, the City of Gastonia celebrates its 141st birthday. It was on that date in 1877 that the City became incorporated. The little town started with 140 residents where two railroad lines crossed. We have much to be proud of and a bright future.

To mark the occasion,¬†we’ve compiled and posted photos of Gastonia’s people and places from 1877 to the present.

1877 – 1909

1910 – 1919

1920 – 1929

1930 – 1949

1950 – 1959

1960 – 1979

1980 – 1999

2000 – 2009

2010 – 2017