The small towns of Ellenboro and Mooresboro are 4 miles apart on Hwy 74, they both have several businesses that have closed. Ellenboro is larger they have a school, the Mooresboro school is closed and houses the Town Hall and Sheriffs Satellite office.
In 1880 the Seaboard Railroad built a line from Wilmington, NC to Rutherfordton. At the highest point on the line, a settlement was started. In 1884 the community was trying to decide on a name for the town, Seaboard engineer John Robinson, proposed that it be named for his daughter, Ellen, who was dying of a fever.
The Ellenboro Train Depot is a museum full of history; not just about trains but items from the past. 124 Depot St
Town Hall – faces the railroad tracks, a row of crepe myrtle bushes line the tracks to the depot. 163 Depot St.
Colfax Gin – primarily operates in the fertilizer and fertilizer materials business. Been in business for 43 years.
Mooresboro is in Cleveland County.
Horsehead Corporation – They are the largest zinc producer in the United States with several plants in different cities. Not sure if the plant is still open in Mooresboro the corporation was having financial problems in early 2016. 347 Hicks Grove Rd.