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The city's rapid growth in the s, however, has made Stones River one of the most threatened national parks in the country. The building's distinctive first cupola was replaced near the turn of the century with a cupola of Victorian de, and in the interior restoration of the National Register-listed courthouse was completed. Adjacent to the west fork of the Stones River, it marks the geographical center of Tennessee.
The sixth largest city in Tennessee, with 68, citizens, Murfreesboro is located in Rutherford County, thirty-five miles southeast of Nashville.
One of the most distinguished early graduates of Bradley Academy was future president James Knox Polk, who also married a Murfreesboro woman he met while a student, Sarah Childress. One K-8 school is the first in Tennessee to combine a year-round normal calendar and the Paidea teaching method.
Earlier, the city schools system had received national attention for the development of its Extended School Program ESP. Modern higher education came to Murfreesboro in with the founding of the Tennessee College for Women. The Rutherford County Courthouse, constructed between and and bearing a strong resemblance to the recently completed Tennessee State Capitol deed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland, is the community's most prominent landmark. In December two major armies collided.
The city would function under the charter until it was replaced by a more up-to-date charter in The first courthouse was completed in and served as the capitol of Tennessee from to In the s Murfreesboro could have become the permanent capital, but local public officials undercut state Democrats hoping to achieve the relocation by refusing to pay the one hundred dollars necessary to move the official records of Tennessee from Nashville to Murfreesboro.
One noteworthy planter and businessman, a local physician from Tidewater North Carolina, Dr. James Maney, built a landmark property beginning in the s. Policies are implemented by an appointed city manager. As early as a first academy was founded.
Municipal government services are the ultimate responsibility of the City Council, six members elected at large and an elected mayor as chair.
In the late s the federal government deated the Stones River National Military Park, and today the National Park Service administers the battlefield and various remnants of Fortress Rosecrans. The city also brought together the needs of both the local Linebaugh Library and the city government for new facilities.
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The State Farm Insurance Company regional office in Murfreesboro was the first step in that direction. The sale of the Rutherford Hospital in the s has since produced a modern medical center, the Middle Tennessee Medical Center, and a key foundation, the Christy-Houston Foundation, which supports the city's quality of life through annual donations to institutions ranging from the Oaklands Association to MTSU.
Another school was one of first two in the state offering a dual calendar, one traditional and the other year-round. Bradley later merged with local Union University, and after the Civil War the building became a center of black education and a black community center.
The Union forces of General William S. Rosecrans and the Confederates under General Braxton Bragg fought for three days in early winter December 31, January 2, with casualties exceeding twenty-four thousand. Close Sliding Bar Area.
Eventually the project produced both the Rutherford Health Center, an early national training center in public health, and the Rutherford Hospital.
Recently, the city has begun linking its major historic sites by riverside greenways, and over five miles along Stones River and Lytle Creek had been completed by Construction plans and fundraising are also underway for the new Children's Discovery Museum and education center at a former city waterworks site. After the end of the war inMurfreesboro became an early market center with a bustling retail trade on its Public Square while continuing its earlier role in agriculture.
Education has always been a prominent interest of Murfreesboro citizens.
Following the battle, Union forces constructed the massive Fortress Rosecrans as a base and supply depot for the planned drive against Chattanooga and Atlanta. The Murfreesboro City Schools have been early leaders in education reform.
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The home today is preserved by the Oaklands Association and functions as a Civil War-era museum. Following enabling legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly to create regional colleges in each of the three grand divisions of Tennessee inMiddle Tennessee State Normal School at Murfreesboro was founded in The presence of the colleges and an activist Red Cross program led by Simeon Christy encouraged the Commonwealth Fund of New York to launch an innovative rural health program in Murfreesboro during the s.
Confederate casualties were later exhumed and the mostly unidentified bodies were reinterred at the Confederate Memorial Circle in the city's new Evergreen Cemetery. Following over twenty years of earlier settlements in the s and s, land owner and Revolutionary veteran Colonel William Lytle gave land to establish the Public Square, a community cemetery, and its adjacent First Presbyterian Church. In Murfreesboro was chartered by the Tennessee legislature and also deated as the county seat of Rutherford County charteredreplacing Jefferson deated in due to its more concentrated population.
In the Bradley Academy was restored by the city as a heritage center. The town was initially named Cannonsburgh after Newton Cannon, a political dignitary in the area, for thirty some days, but Lytle then specified, for reasons unknown, that the new community be renamed Murfreesborough in honor of a Revolutionary War friend, Colonel Hardy Murfree.
In the late s the Public Works Administration, the Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies built a modern VA hospital on the town's northern outskirts. A national cemetery was established as a burial ground for the Union dead.
Initially connected to markets by riverboat, wagon, and stage for purposes of trade and transportation, the city received railroad service in A half-century after its founding, Murfreesboro became a household word during the Civil War.
In the summer ofthe Union army occupied the city only to be driven out shortly afterward by Confederate forces under Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest from neighboring Marshall County. Now named the Alvin C. After World War II Murfreesboro leaders witnessed a decline in agriculture in the area and began to seek a more diversified economic base. Its Civic Plaza project provided space for these needs as well as underground parking for almost nine hundred cars and a garden area with substantial outdoor assembly space.
Later s the successor building apparently bore the name of an early headmaster named Bradley. All Rights Reserved.