Bear Poplar also had an interesting name prior. The community was once named Forty-Four as it sat 44 miles from what is now Winston-Salem and Charlotte. It was also known as Rocky Mount. When a post office was established here in 1878 - the Bear Poplar name stuck.
On the Mount Ulla Community Barn Quilt - a reference is made to the name Forty-Four within a patch of the quilt that includes a compass with the number 44 and notes the 44 miles to Charlotte and Winston-Salem.
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