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Old News Stories

Before there was a Murray County, Georgia, this area was The Cherokee Nation. No newspapers existed until Feb. 18, 1828, when the first issue of The Cherokee Phoenix was published at New Echota, the national capital of the Cherokees. When the State of Georgia, forced that newspaper to cease publication May 31, 1834, the area had no other newspaper for nearly fifty years.

The next newspaper in the area was The Murray County Gazette, published at Spring Place. This paper published only 3 issues in May and June 1879, then ceased to operate.

The North Georgia Times was published at Spring Place starting in October 1881. For most of the time since, there has usually been a newspaper in the immediate area.

The foregoing explains why it is extremely difficult to find newspaper articles covering events that occurred in this area prior to the 1890s. None the less, this collection of newspaper articles, many from newspapers published far from Murray County, captures the flavor of the news of our past. Simply deciphering some of the faded text was a challenge. Some of the words, even whole paragraphs were simply illegible. To make the articles easily readable all have been transcribed and set in Times New Roman type. Of course a few errors must have occurred during transcription; however, many of the original articles contained words spelled differently than today. Don't fret the small stuff, just enjoy!

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