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What is Monkey Junction?

Judy Royal

Outsiders frequently chuckle when they hear locals talk about Monkey Junction. It’s a funny name for a popular and growing section of southern New Hanover County, which is also referred to as Myrtle Grove.

Once a quiet rural community, Monkey Junction is now home to major commercial development, including restaurants, strip malls and big-box retailers. There are schools, a library and a fire department in the area, which began at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and South College Road, Wilmington [Map this].

Monkey Junction has always been unincorporated, but the city of Wilmington is forging ahead with annexation plans. See the bottom of this post for a link.

Monkey Junction is named for a popular tourist attraction at a gas station in that area in the 1950s: a live monkey that belonged the owners. Word spread and people would stop on their way to the beach to see the animal.

Monkey Junction has its own official Web site: http://monkeyjunctionnc.com.

Click here for the Wikipedia entry about Monkey Junction.

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2 Responses to “ What is Monkey Junction?”

  1. On August 18, 2010 at 10:19 am Bobbie Lewis wrote:

    Hi, If my memory is correct, there was a store run by a women and there were some monkeys in cages on the outside. We lived a few miles past there where Monterey Heights is now. My Grandfather had a cement block plant between where the two gas stations are now located. When we would go into Wilmington and stop by on the way home, my Dad would get me a bottle Coke and warn me to stay away from the nasty monkeys. But I am almost sure it was in the late 40’s. A Mr. Huffman bought the station (with no monkeys) and later sold it to a Mr. Davis Raper. But I may not have my facts straight.

  2. On August 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm Amy Hotz wrote:

    I’ve done a few stories on this and tracked down the facts. Check out these two links.

    A Wilmington magazine story:

    The Great Primate Debate:

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