Route III: East and Northeast Mecklenburg
Route III is approximately 60 miles long. Allow
three hours driving time, with extra time for a stop at the
Hezekiah Alexander House or a picnic at Reedy Creek
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The eastern section of
Mecklenburg County today is a varied patchwork of new residential
developments and old communities. In the southeast, subdivisions
have sprung up as an extension of the thrust of Charlotte's New
South Neighborhoods of the early twentieth century. In the
northeast, new housing has been built in response to the presence
of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (formerly
Charlotte College) that moved to its present site in 1961. Yet amid
the suburban estates and new highways the story of the county's
history can still be read.
Route III begins at the Hezekiah Alexander House on Shamrock
- From I-77 take the exit for I-85 North. Exit at Sugar Creek
Rd. and turn right. Continue on Sugar Creek Rd. until it merges
with Eastway Dr. where you bear right. At the traffic lights, turn
left onto Shamrock Dr. The Alexander homesite is about .5 miles on
- From Charlotte, drive east on Trade St. Turn left onto Kings
Rd. Kings Rd. becomes Central Ave. Turn left at Eastway Dr., and
then right onto Shamrock Dr. The Alexander homesite is about .5
miles on your right.
1. The Hezekiah
Alexander House is built of stone and is the oldest dwelling
still standing in Mecklenburg County. Completed in 1774, this
"Pennsylvania Style" house is listed in the National Register of
Historic Places. The house has been faithfully restored and
carefully refurnished with authentic Piedmont Carolina
The Hezekiah Alexander House
Born in Maryland in 1728, Hezekiah apprenticed as a blacksmith
and farmed property in Pennsylvania before moving his family to
Mecklenburg in the 1760's. The Alexanders joined many other
Scots-Irish Presbyterians in the North Carolina "back country."
Hezekiah Alexander was a signer of the legendary May 20, 1775
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, He helped draft the North
Carolina State Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Hezekiah was an
elder in the Sugaw Creek
Presbyterian Church; a co-founder of the original Queens
College; a member of the Committee of Safety; a Magistrate and a
Justice of the Peace. During the Revolutionary War he served as an
officer and quartermaster of the local patriot militia.
Tours of the house, reconstructed log kitchen and spring house
are offered Tuesday through Fridays at 1:15 & 3:15 and
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:15 & 3:15. For more information
please call (704) 568-1774.
Return to Shamrock Dr.
and turn right. Drive 1.5 miles to the intersection with Sharon
Amity. Notice the house to the left, across the
2. This was the home of Hezekiah's grandson. It was
built in 1903 by Neal Somers Alexander and his wife Ida Jane
Caldwell to replace their earlier one-story dwelling. Like his
grandfather, Alexander ran a large cotton farm, and his success is
reflected in this imposing house. Notice its predominantly Queen
Anne style, including features such as the asymmetrical facade, the
complex roof arrangement with its conical roof, the wooden shingles
on the front gable, and the extensive porch. When it was built,
this house was just like the grand merchants' mansions in Uptown
N. S. Alexander House
across the intersection with Sharon Amity. Turn left at the stop
sign onto Hickory Grove Rd. At the traffic light at E. Harris
Blvd., turn right onto E. Harris Blvd. Continue on E. Harris Blvd.,
crossing Albemarle Rd. At the traffic light with Idlewild Rd. ,
(not Idlewild Rd N.) turn left onto Idewild Rd. In the next five
miles you will leave the suburbs behind and enter a more rural
landscape. After 4.8 miles look out for a white, weatherboard
chapel on your right at a bend in the
3. The Morning Star Lutheran congregation, including many
German members, was organized in this area as early as 1775, only
twenty five years after the first Presbyterian church was organized
in the county. For many years this was one of the strongest
churches in the county.
Continue on Idlewild
for another .7 miles (crossing the intersection with Hwy 51). Turn
left onto Thompson Rd. and pause to view the one story house behind
you across Idlewild Rd.
4. Note the emphasis on gables in this vernacular
farmhouse. The house is said to be constructed of heart of pine cut
on the property, probably by Bernum Sustare, who resided in the
house in the 1890s.
Continue on Thompson Rd.
Turn right at the intersection with Lawyers Rd., and then almost
immediately left onto Bain School Rd. 1 mile down the road, notice
a grand old farmhouse on your left.
5. The house was
erected in the 1880s by John Calvin Wilson, whose descendants lived
here for three generations. The high pitched front gable roof and
two-story porch give the house rather grand proportions.
John C. Wilson House
Just ahead you will
see the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church to your right and Bain
School to your left.
6. The original part of this building was erected in 1825
to 1826. It was the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church's third
meetinghouse in fifty-five years, making this one of the original
seven Presbyterian churches to be established in the county before
1800. The building of a church was of course a community project.
It is thought that the German settlers from the Morning Star
congregation taught the locals here how to manufacture their own
brick for their new sanctuary, and local tradition states that each
church member had to manufacture bricks in proportion to the size
of his or her family. In 1915 extensive additions were made to the
old sanctuary, but it can still be seen clearly as the central
section of the expanded church.
The church was constructed in Flemish bond--alternating headers (the short end of the brick) with
stretchers (the long side of the brick)
in each row. Flemish bond was more costly in terms of bricks, but
added stability and prestige to the building. If a building is
constructed in this bond it usually indicates considerable age.
7. When Bain Academy was built across the
road from the church in 1889 it was one of very few high schools in
the county. From the beginning, Mecklenburg settlers placed a high
premium on education. Initially the Presbyterian churches took on
that function, and it was common for an old sanctuary to become the
local schoolhouse or for ministers to teach classes in their own
From as early as 1840 the state began to provide
basic education, but these early public schools were simple one-
and two-room schoolhouses, often with only one teacher. They did
not include secondary education of any kind. Once again it was the
Presbyterian churches that got involved in providing the education
they felt was important. Privately owned academies, such as this
one founded by the Philadelphia church, were extremely important as
stepping stones to further education. The academy buildings are
still being used today as Bain Elementary School. Try to determine
which part of the building was the original school.
Turn left to continue on
Bain School Rd. passing between the school and the graveyard. At
the junction with Hwy 51, also the Matthews-Mint Hill Road, turn
right, and then immediately left onto Hillside Rd. Just behind the
new bank you will see a small frame building.
Dr. Whitley's Office
8. The doctor who practiced in this modest wooden office
delivered 6,784 babies during his forty years as a country
doctor--including twelve of his own. Dr. Ayer Whitley replaced Mint
Hill's first doctor in 1908, and he and his wife Esther took up the
old doctor's residence on Fairview Rd. (now demolished). He had
this building erected as an office on the grounds of the old house,
and it was moved here in 1986 by the Mint Hill Historical Society.
Patients were received at the front of the building, and there were
two examination rooms to the rear. Originally there was even a
pharmacy attached to the front, where Dr. Whitley mixed his own
medicines. Although the doctor's practice was a large one, with
other offices in Concord and Monroe, and his hours long (he made
house calls twenty-four hours a day) his family could not depend
solely on his income. Many patients paid with livestock and
produce, and none were ever refused treatment for lack of funds.
Therefore, the Whitley household was always busy tending the
garden, chickens, pigs, and cattle. It is interesting to note that
in 1909, at the beginning of his career here, Dr. Whitley charged
$4.50 for delivering a baby. By the 1940s, towards the end of his
long practice, the fee had risen to $75.
Turn around and return
to the Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. and turn left. Take the next right
onto Fairview Rd.
9. Just past the intersection you will notice a small
cluster of late-nineteenth-century homes, near where Dr. Whitley
used to live. With the location of the academy nearby, a small
community thrived here.
In about a mile, take
the left turn onto Brief Rd. After a farther 1.5 miles turn left
again onto Arlington Church Rd. After a mile, you will drive by a
large house on your right with an old store
10. The house, store, and church for which the road is
named were all connected with one man, Eli H. Hinson. He bought the
house, built the store, and founded the Baptist Church down the
road in the late nineteenth century. Extensive changes to the house
in the 1940s have disguised one of the oldest houses in the county,
built by Colonel Kerr, a Revolutionary War veteran, in 1786. What
we see as the front of the house was originally the rear, and
several wings have been added to the earlier Flemish bond
structure, but with a little imagination one can imagine the
traditional Mecklenburg farmhouse underneath: a one room deep, two
story high house with side gables, external end chimneys, and a
central entrance hall flanked by two rooms. Architectural
historians call this an "I" house, and it is very common in the
The bricks for the store opposite, as for
Arlington Baptist Church, were manufactured here under the guidance
of Mr. Hinson. The store is said to have sold everything
imaginable--from thimbles to coffins!
Continue on Arlington
Church Rd. You will pass Arlington Baptist Church on your
11. In contrast with its success today, the Baptist faith
had a slow start in Mecklenburg County. In 1880, when Hinson
founded this church, the only other Baptist churches were in
Charlotte, and even First Baptist Church on Tryon St. was so poor
that it could not afford hymn books. You will notice that the
brickwork here is different from the Flemish bond seen at the
Philadelphia Church. This pattern is called common bond: single rows of
headers were divided by five or six rows of stretchers. This was a
cheaper method of construction, but still gave the building
stability. (Most brick buildings today are constructed in running bond, where the rows are
all stretchers. This is by far the most economic, but it is
unstable and requires a supporting frame.)
Mr. Hinson is buried in the graveyard next to
the church, perhaps in one of his own coffins.
Continue on Arlington
Church Rd. Turn left at the stop sign onto Cabarrus Rd. Then turn
left onto Albemarle Rd. (Hwy 24). At the first right, turn onto
Rocky River Church Rd., and then after .8 miles, turn left onto
Camp Stewart Rd. Look out for a house and farm on your right after
.3 miles; the house is set back from the road behind the
12. This house is another typical Mecklenburg farmhouse
from the pre-Civil War period. Can you see the similarities between
it and the Kerr-Hinson house on Arlington Church Rd.?
Continue on Camp
Stewart Rd. At the junction with Harrisburg Rd. turn left and after
about half a mile take the next major right turn onto Robinson
Church Rd. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Hood Rd. Look carefully
for the White Oak Plantation house on your left and behind a
curtain of trees .3 miles past the
13. The White Oak
Plantation house, the centerpiece of a major cotton plantation,
was very much the exception to the rule when it was built in 1792.
In turn-of-the-century Mecklenburg, most pioneer families in the
county farmed a relatively small acreage, depending mainly on
family labor. The majority of farmers owned very few slaves if any
at all, and there was a good deal of anti-slavery sentiment in the
area, especially among those of German descent.
The Federal style plantation house that you are
looking at was one of only a handful of large plantations in the
county at this time. Its builder, William Johnston, served in the
colonial forces during the Revolutionary War and fought in the
decisive battle of King's Mountain, which occurred in nearby York
County, South Carolina, in October 1780. In 1784, he purchased a
large tract of land here, but he did not build the house until
eight years later.
The location is a classic one, on a rise of
land, facing south, and near a creek. The Federal style
architecture of the house is simple but elegant, reflecting both
the character of the area and the time, for it developed in
reaction to the more ornate Georgian architecture associated with
British rule. Little expense was spared--the walls are one-foot
thick--but there is also little elaboration. Johnston's standing in
Mecklenburg society is indicated by the fact that his daughter
married Hezekiah Alexander Jr., whose father's house you saw at the
beginning of Route III.
Continue on Hood Rd,
crossing the intersection with Plaza Rd. extension. One mile after
the intersection you will see the house on the left which gives the
road its name.
14. John M. Hood built the first story of this
frame house in the 1870s on the site of an earlier log house. It
was common for those of more modest means than Johnston of White
Oak to build gradually, adding to their original homes as the need
arose or funds became available. Certainly in this house it is
clear that nothing was wasted. A frame structure which was used as
the boys bedroom was rolled to the back of the house to become the
kitchen in the 1910s, and when Pinehill's one-room schoolhouse was
vacated, the building was rolled onto the Hood's land for storage
space. The school house can still be seen just to the rear of the
old house. Until 1923 it accommodated grades 1 to 7, with as many
as thirty students from the local community at a time. Some
one-room school houses continued to operate in the county until the
1940s. You will see one on Route V.
At the intersection
with Rocky River Rd., turn left. After .4 miles you will pass the
Hodges house to your left.
15. Family tradition holds that Eugene Wilson Hodges drew
the plans for this house himself, and used lumber off the land to
build it in 1908. You will notice that he used the traditional "I"
house form, but embellished it with fashionable features--a large
wrap-around porch with classical posts, and chimneys hidden in the
Continue on Rocky
River Rd. After .8 miles you will see the entrance to Reedy Creek
Park on your left. The park is an excellent site for a picnic and
has bathroom facilities, playing fields, and woodland trails.
Immediately past the park take the left fork onto Grier Rd. Cross
the intersection with E. Harris Blvd. and at the next intersection,
turn right onto Newell-Hickory Grove Rd. Just where you cross the
railroad tracks, turn right onto Old Concord Rd. After .2 miles,
turn left onto Torrence Grove Church Rd. At the end of the road, on
your left, you will see a fine example of a Rosenwald
16. This was one of twenty-six Rosenwald schools erected
in the county during the 1920s and 1930s for the benefit of the
rural black communities. By today's standards it may seem crude,
but in comparison with the one-room school houses of the time it
represented significant progress. Prior to the building of the
Rosenwald schools, the educational opportunities available to rural
blacks were meager: schools were only open for four months of the
year; the teachers were not highly educated and were underpaid. The
diary of Charles Chestnut, America's first black novelist,
describes his experiences as a teacher in Mecklenburg County in
1875. After "climbing fences and crossing cotton fields" he arrived
at the church where he was to teach. "The church itself was a very
dilapidated log structure without a window but there was no need
for one, for the cracks between the logs furnished plentiful
The Rosenwald fund was incorporated in 1917 by
philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a director of Sears Roebuck and
Co. It offered rural communities the opportunity to build
substantial schools for black education by matching locally raised
funds and providing specific plans for the buildings. Thus,
Rosenwald schools were always one story in height, with plentiful
windows catching the east and west light. The fund even established
specific color schemes and seating arrangements.
Return to Old Concord Rd.
17. Today Newell is considered by many as
a wide spot in the road, but a local saying testifies to a finer
past: "If God returned to earth to improve upon creation, He'd
probably start at Newell, `cause He'd find it just about like He
left it." Since its beginnings in 1882, the village has been proud
of its strong resistance to change. For many years it was a
prosperous community of farms clustered alongside the Richmond and
Danville railroad (now the Norfolk Southern railroad), with a
store, post office, school, and railroad depot.
Two influential brothers gave the village its
name, J. A. Newell, known as "Squire John" and William Newell. With
their brother-in-law, N.W. Wallace, they founded the community in
1882 and became a powerful trio in Mecklenburg politics. Wallace
held the post of sheriff of Mecklenburg County for twenty-four
years and was reputed to own more farmland than any other landowner
in the county. John Newell became a justice of the peace at age 18
and was a county commissioner for fourteen years. He is vividly
remembered in local stories as a tall, dignified man, with heavy
jowls and a ruddy complexion. His character matched his appearance:
when questioning a witness in the "courtroom" built off the back of
his barn, his favorite phrase was "Now, boy, I want to hear the
truth, by gum."
John's house, formerly at the intersection of
Rocky River and Old Concord roads, is no longer standing, but his
brother William's house is.
Turn left onto Old
Concord Rd. After .7 miles, notice the old two-story house to your
right across the railroad tracks. It's just past a nursery and
18. William B. Newell built this very traditional house for himself in 1887. He
manufactured the bricks for the unusually sturdy farm house at Back
Creek with the help of a laborer. Although the overall style of the
house is traditional, the decorative details were fashionable for
the time. Notice the front center gable and the fluting detail on
the woodwork. Several years after the house was completed William
went into partnership with N.W. Wallace and opened a general store
just across the railway tracks; it's now the Newell post
W. B. Newell House
Continue on Old
Concord Rd. another .7 miles, and turn right onto McLean Rd. After
1 mile, turn left at the stop sign onto John Russell Rd. At the
next intersection turn left again onto Back Creek Church Rd. You
will pass Back Creek A.R.P. Church on your right, just before
recrossing the railroad tracks.
19. Back Creek A.R.P.
Church is named for the nearby creek, where bricks used to
build the sanctuary were manufactured, using local clay and wood
molds, between 1869 and 1871. According to locals it was "a name
not welcomed but which stuck fast." The history of the congregation
is older than its church, and dates back to 1801. When the original
Bethany congregation, located to the south of here, split in 1841,
the northern members chose Back Creek as their new location. By
1847, the community was recorded as having thirty-five families and
ninety communicants. Long time member and church elder John
McLaughlin (postmaster of Newell) remembers when the church was
heated by two wood stoves and lit by hand-pumped gas lights. The
old sanctuary now serves as a Sabbath school and is closest to the
road. Look for the scars of the Charleston earthquake of 1886 which
severely cracked the walls. An iron bolt now ties the building
together and can be seen if you look carefully; it is located at
the south end of the church, just under the eaves.
Cross the railroad tracks
and pause at the junction with Hwy 49.
20. What appears to be a shack in the field opposite you
is in fact an early-twentieth-century schoolhouse. It used to be
located behind Back Creek Church.
Turn left onto Hwy 49
(University Blvd.) After about 1.8 miles on Hwy 49 (University
Blvd.), turn right onto Mallard Creek Church Rd. at the traffic
light. You will pass by the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. Continue on Mallard Creek Church Rd., and cross Hwy 29.
Just past this intersection, catch a glimpse of the brick house to
your right and up a long drive.
house is one of the oldest in the county, and dates from 1799
when John Orr had it constructed. However, it is best remembered
for its later residents, the Alexander family. William Tasse
Alexander started buying land in the area when he was just
seventeen years old, and acquired the house in the 1820s. He
populated it with four successive wives and thirteen children.
Alexander was no ordinary Mecklenburg farmer, but one of the thirty
or so planters in the county with over thirty slaves to work his
1,000 acres. By this time, the success of cotton farming had
encouraged smaller farmers to purchase slaves also, but usually
only ones or twos. Alexander, then, was among those whites who felt
the aftermath of the Civil War most keenly, since much of his
capital was invested in slaves (up to $2,000 for male slaves and
$500 for female slaves). To escape the reality of the late 1860s,
Alexander took to the bottle and died in 1870, leaving the house to
The W. T. Alexander House
When William Alexander II went riding he often
passed Newell School where his future wife, Mary, happened to be
teaching. Education formed a large part of her life, and in 1957
she donated five acres of land to Charlotte College for a road. The
main thoroughfare on the UNCC campus is named in her honor. This
extraordinary woman completed courses at four different colleges
after she turned ninety!
Continue on Mallard Creek
Church Rd. to Mallard Creek Presbyterian
22. The congregation here dates to about 1824. The brick
sanctuary replaced a log structure in 1856 and its side elevations
can still be seen amid later additions--note the long windows
typical of early meetinghouses. Locally, Mallard Creek Presbyterian
Church is famous for its popular autumn barbecue. The tradition
began in 1929 to help defray the costs of recent remodeling, but
for years it has provided an opportunity for political
pamphleteering, making it an important event in the local political
calendar. Try it.
At the traffic signal
turn right onto Mallard Creek Rd. After one mile, you will pass the
old Mallard Creek School on your right.
23. This is the site of the Mallard Creek
barbecue, an important community social gathering site. It also
served the community as a school for much of the twentieth century.
It was constructed in the 1920s and follows the model of a
Rosenwald school, though it never received a Rosenwald grant and
was always a white school. The high hipped roof of standing seam
metal and the numerous windows are typical features copied from the
After .4 miles, turn left
onto Johnston-Oehler Rd. Enjoy the winding country drive between
here and Prosperity Church Rd. When you reach the junction, turn
left onto Prosperity Church Rd. After .5 miles, look our for an
imposing barn and fine old farm house to your
24. This was the home of one of Mallard Creek's first
pastors, the Reverend Pharr. Pharr was also the pastor of Ramah
Church to the north. The house pre-dates the 1850s and follows the
traditional Mecklenburg style. It is supported on stone piers, a
clue to its great age. Considerable alterations have been made to
the house, however, to update it over the years.
Turn right at the
junction with Mallard Creek Rd. and follow it for about 3.5 miles
into the village of Derita. Just before you get to the village,
notice the house on your left behind a row of pine
25. This elegant house dates from 1910. Notice the sawtooth shingles
decorating the front facing gables, and the generous
porch, both Queen
Anne-style features which were still popular at the time.
At the stop sign turn
left onto Sugar Creek Rd. and pass through the village of Derita on
your way towards Charlotte.
26. Like Newell, Derita grew up as a railway community
alongside the Atlantic, Tennessee and Ohio line which opened in
1860. The line was sacrificed almost immediately for the
Confederate war effort, and was not re-opened until 1874. Derita
was the site of a rural post office and was named for Derita Lewis
the friend of the first postmaster, Amos Rumple. During the 1920s
the village built one of the county's Rosenwald schools, and locals
still feel a pride in the old building, even though it has not been
used in years. (If you wish to see another example of a Rosenwald
school, the Derita school is to your right, about .25 miles north
along Sugar Creek Rd.)
Continue on Sugar Creek
Rd. crossing I-85. At the major intersection with Tryon St. (Hwy
49) look at the Sugaw Creek Church and old school house on your
27. Two hundred years ago Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church
was a principal gathering place in the county for the zealous
Scots-Irish settlers. As early as 1755, people traveled miles to
worship here in brush arbors, crude canopies made from fresh-cut
pine branches. Hezekiah Alexander, for instance, was an elder of
the church. The name of the church was derived from the Indian
word, "Sugaw," meaning a group of huts. The new settlers, however,
appropriated it for themselves, and it came to represent the
essence of Presbyterianism on the frontier. The congregation
received its first pastor in 1758, the fiery Rev. Alexander
Craighead. Craighead was the only official pastor in the county
between 1758 and his death in 1766, but this did not seem to daunt
his impassioned spirit as he traveled on horseback between his
seven congregations. His influence covered a wide area, and he is
remembered as the "Father of Independence in Mecklenburg County."
He was buried in the first Sugaw Creek graveyard and for years tall
sassafras tress were the only adornments on his grave.
The 150-year old school house to the front of
the church attests to a commitment to education among the early
Presbyterian settlers. Promising boys were given classical
instruction here at the Sugaw
Creek Academy from the 1760s. This plain Federal-style brick
school house was constructed in 1837 to house fifteen students,
replacing an earlier log building.
Sugaw Creek Academy
In 1765, three years after the county was
officially recognized, there was a conflict here between Lord
Selwyn's surveyor, Henry McCulloh, and the local population. Lord
Selwyn had been granted title to all of the land in the county by
King George II and had instructed McCulloh to survey it and settle
it with one person per 200 acres. Local settlers felt differently.
They had already claimed their land with their sweat and toil. A
group of about 100 men met McCulloh "with guns in their hands" and
threatened to "tie him neck and heels and carry him over the
Yadkin" river. The situation was saved by McCulloh's good sense to
bargain with the leader of the group, Tom Polk. McCulloh granted
Polk a tract of land one mile square for 90 pounds sterling, and
instructed him to build a town with a courthouse, prison, and
stocks. It was a historic moment for the county, since it secured
Polk's own home at the crossing of two Indian trails (now Trade and
Tryon streets) as the future county seat and city of Charlotte.
Tom Polk and his fellows must have been trying
to curry favor when they chose "Mecklenburg" for the county name,
"Charlotte" for the county seat, and "Tryon" for the principal
road. King George III's new bride was the German princess Charlotte
of Mecklenburg, and Tryon was the British governor of the colony of
Turn right past the
school onto Tryon St. After the traffic light at Craighead St. look
carefully for a house on your right, partially hidden by trees.
Turn right into the drive to view "Rosedale."
28. This elegant plantation house was
called "Frew's Folly" when it was built in circa 1815, possibly
because of its grand interior woodwork. Archibald Frew was a tax
collector, which may explain why he built so lavishly by
backcountry standards. The house had been associated with several
of the county's notable families: the Caldwells and the Davidsons.
It was locally noted for its fine gardens and a horse riding
tournament that featured a rather dangerous lance throwing
competition! For tour information for Historic Rosedale, call (704) 335-0325.
This concludes the
Eastern Mecklenburg loop. To return to Charlotte, turn right onto
Tryon St., and follow it into the center of town. As you pass under
the second railway bridge after about 2 miles, keep to the left to
continue on Tryon St. To return to I-77, turn right onto Tryon St.
After about 2 miles, as you pass under the second railway bridge,
bear to the right. At the next junction, make a shallow right turn
to get on to the freeway entrance ramp. Shortly after joining the
Brookshire Freeway (I-277), you will reach