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By Emily Ford, The Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Kannapolis is a young city with an old soul.

Although the city just celebrated the 25th anniversary of its official incorporation, Kannapolis has existed since 1906, when J.W. Cannon founded it as a mill town. Now, as the city transforms itself from a textile town to a biotechnology hub and the home of the , city leaders want to find a way to preserve the past.

During a recent planning retreat, city council considered a variety of ways to preserve local traditions and culture, including a museum, history trail and heritage districts.

If council decides to pursue the suggestions, members will have a ready partner in the Kannapolis History Associates.

"Kannapolis still has a lot to accomplish," President Phil Goodman said. "This is a perfect time to say we need to start preserving historical buildings and artifacts."

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