Murphy, NC 28906
Did You Know About Cherokee County Chronology
Cherokee County is in the far Western part of North Carolina and has a long and interesting history.
The following chronology of events notes high-lights since 1820.
1820 - The Baptist Church established mission school and church at Old Natchez Town on Hiwassee River
1830 - Col. A.R.S. Hunter built an Indian Trading Post, at present site of Murphy called Huntersville.
1835 - First post office opened under the name of Huntington with A.R.S. Hunter as first postmaster.
1838 - Fort Butler established as headquarters for the removal of the Cherokee Indians over the famous "Trail of Tears".
1839 - Cherokee County formed from a portion of Macon County.
1840 - Census of 1840 shows county with a population of 3,427.
1843 - Settlers moving West establish village of Persimmon Creek ... first post office opened with B. Stiles as postmaster.
1847 - Turtletown post office established on Shoal Creek.
1851 - Murphy incorporated as county seat of Cherokee County.
1854 - Fain Bloomery Forge begins operation on Owl Creek...John Caldwell opens road from Ocoee River to Ducktown and wagon travel between Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee becomes possible for the first time.
1860 - First Methodist Church, Harshaw Chapel, built in Murphy...Census shows county population as 9,166
1861 - Govenor Ellis declares state out of the Union...Cherokee County asked to raise 1100 men for Confederate Army...Clay County founded from southeastern section of Cherokee County.
1865 - Kirk's raiders burn Murphy's Court House...battle of Hanging Dog marks last battle of Civil War in the county.
1868 - New brick courthouse built on same site of the one burned in 1865
1871 - Hiwassee and Cheoah Turnpike company formed.
1872 - Graham County formed from portion of Cherokee County.
1872 - Meroney and Olmsted establish first foundry for the manufacture of plows and hollowware.
1873 - Cherokee Herald becomes county's first newspaper with James O. Robinson publishing first edition Dec.11th.
1882 - Mount Pleasant Academy opened with Professor Rolan in charge.
1884 - Famous Dickey Hotel opened.
1888 - Georgia and North Carolina Railroad reaches Murphy from Marietta, GA.
1890 - Town of Andrews incorporated...W.T. Corder erects first two story brick building in Murphy.
1891 - Southern Railroad reaches Murphy from Asheville...New brick courthouse destroyed by fire.
1892 - New courthouse destroyed by fire.
1893 - Courthouse rebuilt.
1895 - Rebuilt courthouse destroyed by fire.
1896 - Courthouse once again rebuilt using same outer walls of the one destroyed in previous year.
1898 - Miners and Planters Bank chartered as first bank in county.
1904 - Bank of Murphy organized.
1904 - Murphy Academy and Commercial Institute established by the Cherokee Baptists Association.
1910 - Murphy waterworks system put in operation...Dome School building erected...Murphy High School defeats Copperhill 18-8 in basketball.
1911 - Louisville and Nashville Railroad station dedicated at Murphy.
1912 - The Commercial and Savings Bank opened...Cherokee Lumber Company chartered...Murphy Courier begins publication.
1913 - Georgia and Carolina Railroad formed with Cherokee County giving $75,000 for the line to run between Andrews and Hayesville.
1914 - Hiwassee Power Company chartered to develop power for the town of Murphy.
1916 - World War I comes to Cherokee as 15 young men from Cherokee and Clay Counties leave for training at camp.
1917 - Local Red Cross chapter organized...influenza epidemic sweeps county...Hiwassee river clogged with ice.
1920 - New post office dedicated.
1922 - First paved highway opened from Murphy to Georgia line.
1923 - Industry comes to Murphy with opening of Oakland Knitting Mill, Cherokee Lumber Co. and Hawkins Bros., Shuttle Block Mill...
1925 - Worst drought in history of the county with Cool Springs only source of water for the town of Murphy...granite monument erected at the site of Fort Butler to commemorate this historic spot.
1926 - Courthouse burns to ground...Asheville to Murphy highway opened.
1927 - New courthouse dedicated...county court abolished by commissioners...Fire destroys Cherokee Roller Mills....
1928 - Town of Murphy purchases hydro-electric pant and transmission lines and will sell electric power in this section.
1930 - Aluminum Company of America power projects get underway on the Nantahala River.
1935 - Hiwassee Dam construction gets underway...Hughes Iron and Metal Co., and Mountain Valley Associated Cooperative Cannery add to Cherokee County industrial growth.
1937 - Murphy Mills destroyed by fire.
1940 - The largest Ten Commandments in the world are laid out in white stones on a mountainside near Murphy at the Church of God Assembly grounds.
The above Information was provided by Mayor Hughes, to our Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors Luncheon Meeting. This information may be Prior History but may not be deemed Factual.
Current Facts about Cherokee County and Murphy
· Population, 2013 estimate Cherokee County 27,218
· Population Town of Murphy, 1601 in 2012
· Population Town of Andrews, 1754 in 2012
· Cherokee County Land area in square miles 455.43
· Housing units, 17,563 for 2013
· Homeownership rate, 2008 thru 2012 is 81.6%
These items were reported by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce to Exit Realty Mountain View Properties.
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