||Images of America: Mebane is a visual journey through the historyof a town that has long been regarded by its citizens as "thebiggest little town on earth." From its modest beginnings in 1809as a stagecoach stop, inn, and post office, it has recently developedinto one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina. Mebanehas a long connection to the railroad, a legacy as one of the majortobacco markets in the state, and a history as a major manufacturingand shopping center. Over many decades, ordinary people andforward-looking leaders fostered the town's growth by establishingbusinesses, industries, good schools, a public library, various recreationfacilities, and other opportunities and services. The construction ofInterstates 85 and 40 brought many changes while linking Mebanemore closely to the outside world and making it an even moreattractive place in which to work and live.