Town of Murphy History:

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The "Town of Murphy" was founded in 1835. On this date the first post office was opened under the name of Huntington, with Col. H.R.S. Hunter the first Postmaster. Huntington later became Murphy, named after Archibald D. Murphey. (Notice how the spelling of the town's name dropped the "e" in Murphy.)

Then in 1839, Cherokee County was formed from a portion of neighboring Macon County. In 1851, Murphy was incorporated as the county seat of Cherokee County.

Prior to 1839, Cherokee County and the surrounding area was home to the Cherokee Indian Nation. In 1839, the Cherokee were removed to Oklahoma over the infamous "Trail of Tears". The "Trail of Tears" followed a pathway out of town that is now Lakeside Drive.

 

Statistics for the Town of Murphy:


Murphy is the county seat in Cherokee County.

The community was named for Archibald Murphey, political leader

The latitude of Murphy is 35.087N. The longitude is -84.034W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,604 feet.

The estimated population, in 2007, is 1,613.

2000 CENSUS DATA ($)
Median household income by age  MURPHY NC US
Mediam household income 24,952 39,184 41,994
Householder Under 25 25,500 23,201 22,679
Household 26 - 34 29,167 39,201 41,414
Household 35 - 44 22,083 46,595 50,654
Household 45 - 54 33,409 51,070 56,300
Household 55 - 64 32,031 42,250 47,447
Household 65 - 74 19,375 28,521 31,368
Household 75 and older 21,125 19,307 22,259
Per Capita Income by Race of Ethnicity ($)
Per capita income 16,926 20,307 21,587
White 17,775 22,958 23,918
Black or African American 9,848 13,548 14,437
Native American 7,869 13,441 12,893
Asian 0 19,815 21,823
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander 0 14,703 15,054
Some other race 0 9,946 10,813
Two or more races 633 11,585 13,405
Hispanic or Latino 1,067 11,097 12,111
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census ePodunk