The city of Polkville, North Carolina is located in Cleveland County just inside the panhandle on the western side of the state. This city has a population of under 600 people and it only covers a land area of about 1.9 square miles. The greater Cleveland County area is home to nearly 100,000 people but covers a land area of only 469 square miles. The county was originally formed in 1841 from parts of nearby Rutherford and Lincoln Counties and it was named for Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War. For many years, the name of the county was spelled “Cleaveland” but it was officially changed to its current name in 1887.
The Polkville area is rich with southern history and culture. The major annual event that takes place in the city is the Polkville Rodeo. The county has many other claims to fame including notable residents Bill Champion of the MLB, professional wrestler and former NFL player Manny Fernandez, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Don Gibson. Cleveland County was also where parts of the 2012 movie The Hunger Games were filmed.