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Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro has a population of about 1,700 and is most famous for its diamond field outside of the city.
It all began a hundred years ago, in 1906, when a farmer, John Wesley Huddleton, found two gems, one 1.4 carat and one 2.6 carat. He first tried to grind them and realized there was something special with the stones as the grinder took more damage that the gems.
He sold his lands for $36,000, to three men from Little Rock who wanted to get rich off the area. The let people pay to search for diamonds in the field and this created a diamond rush to Murfreesboro. The hotel in Murfreesboro had as many 10,000 people who they could not house, during just one year. A whole city of tents was established between Murfreesboro and the diamond-field. A small commercial plant was built and was very successful until 1919 when it was burned down and never rebuilt.
A Mr and Mrs Miller run the field under the name of "Crater of Diamonds" from 1951 and open to the public. The property beside the mine, who also had a lot of diamond hidden in its soil, also tried to get people to come to his field and a "billboard war" started. Finally in 1969 both properties were bought by General Earth minerals of Texas and turned it into a tourist attraction and later it became a state park.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Travis Branch
Recorder/treasurer Penny Lamb
District Judge LeAnne Daniels
City Attorney Jana Bradford
Police Chief Randy Lamb
Fire Chief Alan Walls
Sanitation Superintendent Johnny Pruitt
Street Superintendent Cory Ballard
Water Superintendent Randy Miller
Parks, Recreation Director Terry Jackson
Alderman Jason Allmon
Alderman Karen Hopper
Alderman Betty O'Neal
Alderman Chris Sharp
Alderman Debbie Shukers
Alderman Dana Stone

City Facts

County: Pike

Population: 1,641

Senate District: 10

House District: 19

Congressional District: 4

Classification: Second Class City

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 251
MURFREESBORO, AR 71958

Phone: (870) 285-3732

Fax: (870) 285-2660

Meetings:
Second Monday

Email: citymurf@windstream.net

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