Atlas Monroe Rigsbee

Atlas Monroe Rigsbee (1840[41?]-1903) was one of Durham's original town aldermen, serving from 1869, when Durham was incorporation, until 1871 and again 1873-78.

Atlas Rigsbee was a son of Jesse Rigsbee, whose farm occupied the land where Duke University's West Campus was built, but the Blount Map of Durham's Station shows A.M. Rigsbee's residence at the northwest corner of Rigsbee's Lane and Green Street, and a farm belonging to "A.M. Rigsbee" extending north from Green (later Chapel Hill) Street between Rigsbee's Lane and the Roxboro Road. The same map also shows a barroom belonging to Rigsbee at the northeast corner of Main and Mangum streets. In 1878, Rigsbee replaced that wood-frame establishment with a two-story brick building; the upper floor served as Durham's first town hall.

Rigsbee AvenueMain StreetMangum Street