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Monday, February 16, 2015

Cherokee Co. Courthouse - Murphy, NC

Cherokee Co. Courthouse - Murphy, NC

In the early 1890s, a grand courthouse was built in Murphy at this site. Despite being made of brick, it burned down in the mid 1920s, the third time this had happened in Cherokee County. When this courthouse was built, the most important thing was to make sure this one would be fireproof.

Cherokee Co. Courthouse - Murphy, NC

This courthouse is made out of unpolished blue marble, and is distinct as the only North Carolina courthouse made of marble quarried in its own county. (side note: most every description of this place highlights the native marble, so it must be really important to them.) The courthouse was dedicated in November, 1927. The courthouse also features a massive eight-sided tower, with 4 clocks and a bell on the inside with the top 132 feet high. Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cherokee Co. Courthouse - Murphy, NC

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