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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 Jim O'Neal, Jr.
Recorder/Treasurer Penny Lamb
District Judge Jessica Gunter
Police Chief Randy Lamb
Fire Chief Randy Lamb
Sanitation Superintendent Johnny Pruitt
Street Superintendent Jeremy Hughes
Water Superintendent Randy Miller
Wastewater Superintendent Randy Miller
Parks, Recreation Director Terry Jackson
Council Member Cody Bachmann
Council Member Mark Barnes
Council Member Jane Fugitt
Council Member Lewis Gills
Council Member Betty O'Neal
Council Member Kirk Stone

City Facts

County: Pike

Population: 1,495

Senate District: 10

House District: 19

Congressional District: 4

Classification: Second Class City

Contact Information

805 N. Washington Ave.

Phone: (870) 285-3732

Fax: (870) 285-2660

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