What Are Some Facts About Murphy, North Carolina?

The town of Murphy, North Carolina, was founded in 1835, and it became the county seat of the newly formed Cherokee County in 1851. As of 2007 census data, the town has an estimated population of 1,613 people, and its elevation is about 1,604 feet above sea level. The latitude of Murphy is 35.087N, and the longitude is -84.034.

The Cherokee Indian Nation lived on the land that later became Murphy, but they were forced to Oklahoma during the Trail of Tears. City visitors and residents can still follow part of the trail by taking Lakeside Drive out of town. The town came into existence four years before the Trail of Tears. Archibald D. Murphey was the town's namesake.

As of 2016, places to visit in and around Murphy include Fields of the Wood, Murphy River Walk, Fire Creek Falls, WagonMaster Adventure Ranch and Salty Dog Gem Mine. Additional attractions include Cherokee Cellars Winery, the Murphy Visitor Center, Mountain View Marina and Cherokee County Museum. Murphy is closer to six state capitals than to Raleigh, including those of Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. Mark Deweese and Carl Pickens are two notable individuals who were born in or who lived in Murphy at some time.