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Kannapolis (kənăp´əlĬs), city (1990 pop. 29,696), Cabarrus and Rowan counties, W central N.C.; founded 1906, inc. 1984. It began as a planned company town and was owned by Cannon Mills (later part of Pillowtex, which went into bankruptcy), known for its production of household linens and textiles. Cannon Village includes the Fieldcrest Cannon Textile Museum and Exhibition Hall and a tribute to native son Dale Earnhardt.