High Point Confidential: Taking the low road

Before the city had prepared to honor its two historic racetracks — High Point Speedway and Tri-City Speedway — with an unveiling of historical markers, it was easy to think of those early years as the glory days. But, in all honesty, it wasn’t all glory. The competition was as dirty as the track itself. Listen here for more.

High Point Confidential: When Finch Field grandstand went up in flames

Summer conjures up fond memories of hot summer nights at the ballpark. At Thomasville’s Finch Field, though — where generations of spectators have spent many an evening — not all the memories are pleasant. One memory, in particular, stands out as the darkest night in Finch Field’s 82-year history: The night the stadium’s glorious old grandstand burned to the ground. This is that story.

High Point Confidential: Stuntman’s perilous climb thrilled High Pointers in 1918

Hollywood’s “Spider-Man” may have been number one at the box office last weekend, but a century ago, a real-life Spider-Man was the main attraction in downtown High Point. In 1918, a man who called himself “The Human Spider” came to town and climbed what was then the tallest building in town, the five-story Bank of Commerce building on North Main Street. Learn more about him, and how the climb went, in this podcast.

High Point Confidential: Pull up a chair — or three — to hear this story

Everybody’s familiar with Thomasville’s most famous landmark, the Big Chair. But did you know Thomasville has actually had three big chairs? In this installment of High Point Confidential, Jimmy Tomlin goes back several decades to explain what happened to the first two Big Chairs.
Music credit: “Deadly Roulette,” Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

High Point Confidential: The case of the “Black Hand” letter

As cryptic letters kept coming – and the anonymous phone calls and the thinly veiled threats and the mysterious men lurking outside her house — what she thought was a harmless prank quickly evolved into what surely must have been the most terrifying six weeks of her life

Podcast produced by Allison Temple | High Point Enterprise

HP Confidential: Barber turned razors on his own family

 By all accounts, Nick Moore was one of High Point’s finest, most upstanding citizens.

Until, that is, one early morning nearly a century ago, when Moore — a well-known barber in the city’s black community — inexplicably decided to use his razors for something far more nefarious than shaving his customers’ whiskers. Moore’s vile actions jeopardized the lives of four family members, shocked the community and landed the barber in jail.

HP Confidential: Rowdy religious sect fanned High Point’s flames in 1905

Anyone who complains that nothing ever happens downtown obviously wasn’t here in 1905.

That’s the year a band of religious zealots known as the “Burning Bushers” arrived in High Point and turned Main Street into their own personal revival tent

HP Confidential: The Horneytown Massage Parlor

To say the Horneytown Massage Parlor rubbed people the wrong way may be a cheeky pun, but it’s also the truth.

Today, the good folks in Horneytown don’t seem to remember much about the small Forsyth County community’s most notorious business establishment — or if they do, they’re not talking.