In the early 1850's, the North Carolina Railroad opened in sections between Goldsboro and Charlotte. The speed of the trains were about 14 1/2 miles per hour! The towns along the railroads lead the population growth and industrial development. The area overall became known as the Piedmont Crescent. Along the way, many railroads were created (also plank roads) in areas like a town called Fayetteville to get to Bethania. Towards the end of the 50's, work on the Albermarle and Chesapeake canal begins. That canal became a section of the Intracostal Waterway. In 1859, Cap Lookout Lighthouse was built to make transportation safer along the coast. Also, steam and clipper ships improved overseas transportation. There were too many clipper ships and too little business as well.