Pleasant Ridge Road
A quick look at a topographical map of Guilford County will show how Pleasant Ridge Road got its name. For, indeed, the road follows a very pronounced ridge of high ground, except for when it dips down and across Reedy Creek approaching Summerfield from the south. For the most part the road is 80-100 feet higher in altitude than the surrounding country side, which falls off steeply in some places to nearby creek bottoms.
For those who find such information interesting the altitude of Pleasant Ridge Road is as follows: 884 feet at the intersection with Summerfield Road, 755 feet at the dip across Reedy Fork, 866 feet at Hamburg Mill, 860 feet at Carlson Dairy, 860 feet at Lewiston, 869 feet at Stanley Huff, 898 feet at Fleming, 915 feet at Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church, 916 feet at Alcorn, 930 feet at Old oak Ridge, 950 feet at the gold course and Highway 68, and 958 feet at its end at Market Street.
Given that the highest altitude in the whole county is just under 1000 feet at a point on the NW side of Stokesdale, Pleasant Ridge indeed follows the high road of GuilfordCounty.
It is an old road as well, appearing on many older maps of the county. It recedes the era of the car as well. This can be seen in maps not even very old, but before some recent reconstruction at intersections, for most of the roads that come into pleasant ridge do so at an angle – Bunch, Lewiston, Fleming, Alcorn, Old Oak Ridge for example. Why is this? Well, in the old horse and buggy days it was not easy or convenient to require 90 degree turns at intersections so roads tended to merge more easily one into another. Many of these intersections have been squared off in the interest of adding traffic lights, but even so one can see the old road paths.
It needs to be remembered that almost the entirety of Guilford County was once under plough or cleared for grazing. If we could go back maybe a hundred years, and imagine ourselves traveling down Pleasant Ridge in a horse and buggy, there would have almost exclusively fields and farms to our right and to our left, with thus a commanding and indeed very pleasant view of the surrounding countryside to the right and to the left. The winds would have been most clearly felt on the ridgelines as well, offering an added pleasantness to the ride.
It was indeed, a pleasant ridge