From downtown Hillsborough, NC-10 went west out West King Street. After crossing the railroad tracks, it turned onto current Ben Johnson Road at a crossroads just west of current Dimmock Mill road. This was part of the old Trading Path. From Ben Johnson it connected to current Dewey Road, which becomes West Ten, which carried NC-10 west to Mebane. After NC-10 was replaced with US-70, this section was the main route US-70. The current US-70 was Alt US-70 from Hillsborough to Haw River. Later, other changes eliminated the crossing of the railroad in the west side of Hillsborough and the widening of I-85/I-40 severed Dewey and West Ten from Ben Johnson Road.
East EndWest Ten Road starts with a name change at the end of a connector road from US-70 to I-85/I-40, which goes under I-85/I-40 and ends at West Ten/Dewey. The old NC-10 route was on Dewey and West Ten. A half a mile east on Dewey, the road used to go under I-85/I-40, but the bridge was removed by the widening of I-85/I-40 during the 1990's.
Ten is very rural. There is little there but farms.
Perhaps the only building surviving from the highway days is this
tobacco barn. On period maps, Cheeks Crossroads, due south of Efland,
was shown as a major town. Now, there is little there. Orange County
has built a middle school on West Ten, which has brought some
traffic to this old road.
|Bowman/Old Hillsborough Road
this point, Bowman road veers left. At the Alamance County Line, the
road changes name to Old
Hillsborough Road, which goes into the small historic community of
Hawfields. This road appears to be an old through road, whether it was
ever part of the old Central Highway is debatable. By the 1920's, NC 10
did follow West Ten Road, which continues right and curves north.
The road crosses I-85/I-40 into an industrial park. At
Mebane city limits, it changes names. The old routing went into
Mebane and joined the route of current US 70.
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