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Rutherford County, Tennessee

37129, 37130

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Statistics & Facts

The Tennessee state capital is Nashville.
The population of Murfreesboro is approximately 68,816 (2000), 108755 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 18,708 (1990), 41940 (2010).
The amount of land area in Murfreesboro is 78.629 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.532 sq kilometers.
The distance from Murfreesboro to Washington DC is 572 miles.
The distance to the Tennessee state capital is 31 miles. (as the crow flies)
Murfreesboro is positioned 35.85 degrees north of the equator and 86.39 degrees west of the prime meridian.


southeast of Nashville in central Tennessee
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History & History Related Items

When the legislature began to search for a new county seat in 1811, the committee chose land owned by Captain William Lytle. The new town was called Cannonsburgh for Newton Cannon, a local politician in Williamson County. Only a month later, Captain Lytle asked to have the named changed to Murfreesborough in memory of his friend, Colonel Hardy Murfree. By 1817, Murfreesboro was the official name for the city. It was briefly the capital of Tennessee from 1818 to 1826 when Nashville once again became the capital.
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Fortress Rosecrans and Stones River National Battlefield
3501 Old Fort Pkway
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Phone: 615-893-9501
Following the Battle of Stones River in 1863, 24,000 Union troops built this earthen fort to enclos a 200 acre supply depot. Exhibits tell about the fort's role in the civil war. Closed Christmas Day.

Rutherford County Courthouse
Murfreesboro Public Square
Phone: 615-898-7745
This is only one of six remaining Tennessee courthouses built before the Civil War. It is listed on the National register of Historic Places.

Cannonsburgh Village
312 S. Front St.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Phone: 615-893-0355
Cannonsburgh was the original name for Murfreesboro. This village was re-constructed to portray a southern village with all the reminders of pioneer life. It is home to the "World's largest Red Cedar Bucket," made in Murfreesboro in 1887. The bucket holds 2,000 gallons and represents the industrial past of the village.
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Economy & Industry

Though it was mainly agricultural, it became a center for education, leading many people to nickname it "Athens of Tennessee." Though the town suffered from the destruction of the Civil War, it had recovered enough by 1911 to have the Middle Tennessee State Normal School opened for teacher training. Tennessee College for Women opened in 1907 and Middle Tennessee State University is also here.

It wasn't until after World War II that the economic base of the area began to change from agricultural to industrial and manufacturing. It has also experienced much residential growth becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the state by 2000.
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Murfreesboro City Government

City of Murfreesboro
111 West Vine Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130
Phone: 615-893-5210
Fax: 615-849-2679


Rutherford County Marriages
319 N Maple St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-3614
Phone: 615-898-7798

Murfreesboro Chamber

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
501 Memorial Boulevard
P.O. Box 864
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0864
Phone: 615-893-6565
Toll-free: 800-716-7560

Murfreesboro Organizations

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
501 Memorial Boulevard
P.O. Box 864
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0864
Phone: 615-893-6565
Toll-free: 800-716-7560

Murfreesboro Libraries

Linebaugh Public Library
105 W. Vine Street
Murfreesboro TN 37130
Phone: 615-893-4131

Murfreesboro Schools

Murfreesboro City Schools
2552 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37127
Phone: 615-893-2313
Fax: 615-893-2352

Rutherford County Schools
2240 Southpark Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Phone: (615) 893-5812
Fax: (615) 898-7940


Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: 615-898-2300 Murfreesboro


The population of Murfreesboro was:
1990 - 44,922
2000 - 68,816

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