Where in Carolina Country is This?

October 2016
October 2016

The October Where is This photo taken by Renee Gannon proved to be a tricky one. The photo features a black bear protruding out of the New Bern City Hall clock tower, located at the corner of Pollack and Craven Streets. But the angle of the photo suggested it was snapped at the New Bern Firemen’s Museum on Broad St., which also has a black bear protruding from the brick wall. Because of the confusion, both answers were accepted. Why black bears in New Bern? When founded in 1710, a group of hunters named the Swiss and German settlement in honor of Bern, Switzerland. The black bear happened to be the first animal the hunters came across. And Bern is the old Germanic word for Bear. The bears featured at city hall and the museum are modeled after Bern’s medieval long-tongued bear symbol. New Bern features more than 20 fiberglass bears throughout the downtown area. The winning entry chosen at random from all the correct submissions came from Sharon Utsman of Statesville, an EnergyUnited member.