DIVISION I
THE CHARTER AND OTHER RELATED LAWS
THE CHARTER
CHAPTER 1 Introduction
Section 1-1   Prior Charter amended; name of Town changed from Peon River to Canton.
Section 1-2   Incorporation continued; corporate name and general corporate power.
Section 1-3   Corporate Ratite.
Section 1-1  Prior Charter amended; name of Town changed from Pigeon River to Canton.
Chapter two hundred and sixty-five, Private Laws of one thousand eight hundred and ninety-one, entitled "An act to incorporate the town of Pigeon River, in Haywood County, North Carolina," as amended by chapter forty-three, Private Laws of one thousand eight hundred and ninety-three, changing the name of said town from Pigeon River to Canton, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows.
(Private Laws 1907, Ch. 90, Sec. 1)
Section 1-2  Incorporation continued; corporate name and general corporate powers.
The inhabitants of the Town of Canton, Haywood County, N. C., shall be and continue as heretofore, together with those taken in by the extension of the corporate limits by the next section of this act, a body politic and corporate, and shall bear the name and style of the "Town of Canton," and under such name and style it is hereby invested with all the property and rights of property which now belong to the present Town of Canton; and by the corporate name of the Town of Canton it may purchase and hold for the purpose of its government, welfare and improvement all such real estate and personal property as may be deemed necessary therefor, or as may be conveyed, devised or bequeathed to it, and may from time to time sell, dispose of and re-invest as shall be deemed advisable by the Board of Aldermen of said Town.
(Private Laws 1907, Ch. 90, Sec. 2)
Section 1-3  Corporate limits.
The corporate limits of said Town shall hereafter be as follows:
Beginning on the Southeast bank of Pigeon River, at the mouth of Smathers-Pharr branch, thence up said branch four general calls as follows: South eight degrees West four hundred five feet to a marker; South fifty-seven degrees thirty minutes East four hundred forty six feet to a marker; South three degrees West eighty-three feet to a marker, crossing bridge leading to substation at forty feet; South forty-nine degrees East one hundred ninety feet to a stake in center of said branch in the Smathers-Pharr old line; thence up said branch as follows: South eighty-six degrees thirty minutes East one hundred seventy-three feet to a stake in the East margin of Pisgah Drive; thence same course South eighty-six degrees thirty minutes East three hundred fifty-nine feet to a marker in the center of small bridge over said branch; North nineteen degrees fifteen minutes East two hundred sixty-two feet to a marker in the North margin of State Highway; thence with the North margin of same South seventy-two degrees twenty minutes East three hundred sixty feet to a marker in line of wire fence; North nineteen degrees fifteen minutes East one hundred seventy-eight feet to a marker in the South margin of Poplar Street, at East end of said street; thence same course North nineteen degrees fifteen minutes East seven hundred eleven feet to a marker in George Johnson's line; then with his line one course, South eighty-two degrees thirty minutes East two hundred eighty feet to a "Marker"; North nineteen degrees fifteen minutes East four hundred feet to a marker in the center of Johnson Branch; thence up and with center line of said branch with the various meanders of same seven hundred eighty-six feet, more or less, to a marker in the Nana Jackson old line; thence with said line as follows: North three degrees West sixty feet to the center of Holtzclaw Street; North three degrees West five hundred seventy-seven and five-tenths feet to a marker; thence leaving the said Jackson old line North fifty-seven degrees East seven hundred fifty-one feet to a marker at a small cherry tree, in the J. A. May old line; thence with said line one call as follows: North seven degrees thirty minutes East ninety-eight feet to a stake on the South margin of Dutch Cove Road; thence crossing said road, South eight degrees fifty minutes West ninety-one bet; to an iron pipe, Johnson and Smathers old corner; thence with Smathers and Johnson old line, North four degrees thirty minutes East three hundred sixty-three feet to a marker in corner of fence; thence with said Smathers and Johnson old line North sixty-nine degrees fifteen minutes West eight hundred forty-three feet to a marker in fence, one hundred seventy-five feet East of the East margin of Williams Street; thence with a line one hundred seventy-five feet from the East margin of said Williams Street and parallel to said East margin twelve hundred and ten feet to a marker twenty feet South of South margin of United States Highway Number nineteen and twenty-three; thence with the line twenty feet South of South margin of United States Highway Number nineteen and twenty-three and parallel to same, South eighty-eight degrees and forty-five minutes East fourteen hundred and sixty-nine feet to a marker in the Dr. Johnson old line; thence with said old line South five degrees fifteen minutes West one hundred ninety-three feet to a marker in corner of fence on hill; thence East eleven hundred and forty-six feet to a marker at a walnut stump in the Abel old line; thence with said line North ten degrees West one hundred seventy feet to a marker In the South margin of old turnpike (now the North margin of a small branch); South seventy-eight degrees West one hundred sixty-two feet center line of a road over a culvert; thence North sixty-eight degrees West one hundred forty-three feet to the South end of a culvert under United States Highway Number nineteen and twenty-three; thence with center line of said culvert crossing United States Highway Number nineteen and twenty-three North twenty-eight degrees forty minutes West forty-three feet to the North end of said culvert in the North margin of said United States Highway Number nineteen and twenty-three; thence with the North margin of said highway South eighty-nine degrees fifteen minutes West one hundred four feet to a marker in North margin of said highway; thence leaving the highway North seven degrees East passing through concrete culvert under Southern Railway three hundred thirty feet to a marker on the North side of said Southern Railway; thence westerly with the line one hundred feet North of the center line of Southern Railway and parallel to the center line of said railway twelve hundred fifty feet to a marker one hundred feet from the center line of said Southern Railway, same being on the West margin of the Davis Road; North nineteen degrees thirty minutes West nine hundred and five feet to a marker at Southeast corner of Harrison Street; North seventy-six degrees East one hundred twenty-five feet to a marker at end of graded road; North nineteen degrees forty-five minutes East four hundred seventyfive feet to a marker in the South margin of Flint Street; North fifty-five degrees thirty minutes East six hundred twenty-five feet to a marker in fence; thence South twenty-seven degrees East two hundred forty feet to a marker in corner of fence; thence South thirty-four degrees forty-five minutes East two hundred fifteen feet to a marker; thence South forty-one degrees fifteen minutes East one hundred ninety-five feet to a marker in Lee Davis' line; thence same course South forty-one degrees fifteen minutes East thirty-five feet to a marker on top of ridge; thence north eighty-six degrees East one hundred fifteen feet to a marker in the North margin of Star Ridge Road; thence same course North eighty-six degrees East one hundred feet to a marker on side of hill; thence with a line one hundred feet from the North margin of Star Ridge Road and parallel to same two calls as follows: North twenty-two degrees thirty minutes West four hundred fifty feet to a marker; thence North forty-three degrees West six hundred fifty-five feet to a marker in land line between Everhart and Coman; thence with said land line South thirty-six degrees thirty minutes West one hundred feet to a marker in the North margin of Star Ridge Road; thence with said North margin of Star Ridge Road North sixtysix degrees thirty minutes West two hundred sixty-two feet to a marker; thence North thirty degrees fifty minutes West two hundred thirtyfive feet to a marker in Northeast margin of said road; thence North forty-three degrees west seventy-three feet to a marker which is one hundred fifty feet Northeast of the Northeast margin of Newfound Road; thence North fortyfive degrees East one hundred seventy-five feet to a marker; thence with a line parallel to and one hundred fifty feet from a Northeast margin of Newfound Street, North eleven degrees thirty-five minutes East one thousand one hundred fifteen feet to a marker; thence North thirty-eight degrees East two hundred seventyfive feet to a marker at William's barn; thence North sixty-nine degrees thirty minutes West twenty-eight feet to a large red oak, William's corner; Thence North two degrees fifteen minutes East eight hundred and four feet to an iron pin in the center of Newfound Road; North seventy-eight degrees West one hundred and eleven feet to a marker in a wire fence; thence with fence as follows: North one degree fifty minutes East three hundred seventy-nine feet to a marker in said wire fence; thence South seventy-nine degrees fifteen minutes West two hundred seventy-four feet to a marker at a locust stump on the North side of road leading to reservoir; South eighty-nine degrees West eighty-three feet to a marker in the North margin of said road; thence with the North margin of said road as follows: westerly with the North margin of said road, seven hundred thirty feet to a marker on top of hill; thence South eightythree degrees West four hundred and seven feet to a marker, passing present reservoir fence at seventeen feet North of same; South seventeen degrees twenty minutes East three hundred and two feet to a marked plum bush; thence with wire fence South three degrees East three hundred forty-six and five-tenths feet to a marker in said wire fence; North seventy degrees West three hundred fourteen feet to a marker at light pole Northwest side of a road and corner of Owen's lot; thence with wire fence and Owen's line two calls as follows: North eighty-five degrees West two hundred thirty-one feet to a marker in corner of fence, Owen's Northwest corner; thence with his line South eight degrees West one hundred thirty feet to a marker, Owen's Southwest corner; South eighty-five degrees thirty minutes West seven hundred ninety-four feet to a large hickory stump near the East margin of a farm road; South eighteen degrees fifteen minutes West eight hundred eighty-one feet to a marker in the center of Moore Branch; thence westerly, down and with the center of said Moore Branch twenty-seven hundred and seventy feet to the junction with Beaverdam Creek; thence down and with the center of said Beaverdam Creek, sixteen hundred and sixty-two feet to the Hipps Old Mill Dam, at station (Number one hundred thirty-three; South thirty-three degrees West one hundred eighty-one feet to a marker at a light pole six feet East of the East end of bridge over Beaver dam Creek in West margin of Beaverdam Road; South sixty-three degrees West one hundred sixty-five and five-tenths feet to a marker in the center of Pigeon River; thence down and with the said Pigeon River, one thousand ninety-six feet to a marker in the center of said river; thence South seventy-one degrees fifteen minutes West sixty-five feet to a marker at a large marked 'beech tree on the South bank of said river, South seventy-one degrees fifteen minutes West three hundred forty-seven feet to a marker on top of ridge in wire fence; South thirty-six degrees forty-five minutes West nine hundred seventy feet to a marker in East margin of road near a spring and large white oak; thence with East margin of said road South twelve degrees thirty minutes West three hundred thirteen feet to a marker in center of old abandoned road; thence with center of said road South eighteen degrees thirty minutes East one hundred ninety-five feet to a marker in center of said old road; thence with said road South forty degrees East two hundred twenty-five feet to a marker in North margin of Fibreville Road; thence with North margin of said road North sixty-seven degrees forty-five minutes East two hundred thirteen feet to a marker in North margin of said road; thence North fifty-four degrees thirty minutes East one hundred fifty-eight feet to a marker on North bank of said road; So4th fifteen degrees thirty minutes East two hundred forty-three feet to a marker and witnesses; South sixty-four degrees twenty-eight minutes East eight hundred twenty-five feet to a marker on a ridge; South seventy-five degrees East four hundred sixty feet to the East margin of State Highway; thence with East margin of said road southwesterly course two thousand sixty-seven feet to a marker designated as point "B" on city map; thence continuing with the East margin of said road, three hundred forty-three feet to a marker in the South margin of the United States Highway Number nineteen and twenty-three; thence with the margin of said highway South sixty degrees East two hundred sixteen feet to a marker which is sixty-four feet North of center line of the main line of the Southern Railway; South twenty-one degrees thirty minutes West one hundred forty-seven feet to a marker at a red oak stump, crossing railroad at sixty-four feet; South six degrees forty minutes East thirteen hundred feet to a marker on top of ridge at a transmission tower; thence down said ridge as follows: North eighty-three degrees East nine hundred eighty feet to a marker which stands six feet South of circular reservoir; thence South fifty-eight degrees five minutes East twelve hundred twenty-five feet to an iron pin in the center of North driveway at armory and Southeast margin of State Highway; thence with the Southeast margin of said highway South forty-three degrees West one hundred fifty-one feet to a marker in Southeast margin of said highway; thence South sixty-four degrees West two hundred twenty-one feet to a masker seventy-eight degrees thirty-five minutes West one hundred seventy-one fat to a marker in Southeast margin of said highway; thence leaving said highway and following • the line of Carolina Power and Light Company South five degrees East three hundred sixty-six feet to the center of Pigeon River; thence down center of said river with its various meanders nine hundred seventy feet to a marker in the center of said river opposite the mouth of Smathers-Pharr Branch; thence South fifty-eight degrees five minutes East seventy fat to the beginning.
The territory described in Section one of this Act (above paragraph) shall be and constitute the corporate limits of the Town of Canton after passage of this Act.
(Private Laws 1907, Ch. 90, Sec. 3; Private Laws 1911, Ch. 178, Sec. 2; Private Laws 1917, Ch. 56, Sec. 1; Private Laws 1920 [Extra Session), Ch. 78, Sec. 2, 3 ; Private Laws 1929, Ch. 9, Sec. 1, 2; Public Local Laws 1939, Ch. 543, Sec. 1; Private Laws 1941, Ch. 376, Sec. 1, 2; Session Laws 1943, Ch. 427, Sec. 1, 2; Section Laws 1945, Ch. 268, Sec. 2)