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Murphy in Cherokee County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Prison Cell Door

From the Cherokee County Prison Camp

 
 
Prison Cell Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
1. Prison Cell Door Marker
Inscription. The austere prison in Peachtree housed up to 100 prisoners tasked with building and maintaining local roads. In 1931, the state combined the Highway Commission and the State Prison Department. "Road camps" were built throughout the state to provide convict labor for road projects and maintenance.

A permanent prison was built in Peachtree in 1939, as part of depression era federal infrastructure programs, to replace a temporary facility in Andrews.

In 1957 the general assembly separated the Prison Department from the State Highway and Public Works Commission. Following this act, the prison camps in Cherokee County and fourteen other North Carolina counties were eventually closed.

The relatively modern Cherokee County Camp continued as a state prison, still contracting road labor. The prison was abandoned in 1965 due to poor economics and unpopular escapes.

Tri-County Community College was formed in July 1965, and was located on the former prison site in the Peachtree area of Western North Carolina.

A bronze plaque in front of the college reflects the former presence of the prison door and the solitary confinement cell remains as a campus landmark.
 
Erected 2007 by Tri-County Community College.
 
Location.
Prison Cell Door and the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
2. Prison Cell Door and the Marker
35° 5.202′ N, 84° 1.978′ W. Marker is in Murphy, North Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Alpine Street, on the right when traveling north on Peachtree Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Cherokee County Historical Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 87 Peachtree Street, Murphy NC 28906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nuya Saligugi (a few steps from this marker); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (a few steps from this marker); Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherokee County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Trail of Tears (approx. mile away); Murphy North Carolina Rail (approx. mile away); Fort Butler (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphy.
 
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Prison Cell Door Marker at the Cherokee County Historical Museum. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
3. Prison Cell Door Marker at the Cherokee County Historical Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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