Historical Timeline

In January 2022, the entire 200-year timeline will be made available on this website for everyone to use. The following examples provides an idea of what the timeline will include:

1800s

June 1822

The first land office in the Jackson Purchase was opened in Wadesboro, which was referred to as the "Capital of the Purchase."


Courtesy Kentucky Historical Society

1839

"Seclusaval," home of Peter Stainback and Virginia Ann Michaux Hamlin, was built near New Concord on Blood River (Recollections, Vol. 2).

1844

Murray was named after The Honorable John L. Murray, Congressman.

1850

Willis Bonner built a kiln and started a pottery business using high-quality clay of the vicinity, thereby identifying the location as Pottertown.

1863

Federal soldiers occupied Murray for a brief period.

1871

The Murray Male and Female Institute was the first public school built in Murray, paid for with funds from the sale of the former seminary property. 

1888

Local inventor Nathan B. Stubblefield was granted a patent when he created the first wireless communication later known as a radio.

1896

William P. Dulaney opened a mercantile business at Kirksey which he operated for 20 years, also serving as postmaster and president of the Kirksey Bank during this time (1911 Calloway County Gazette - Magazine Edition).

1900s

1908

Lucile Grogan, a teacher of the Stone Community became Calloway County's first female elected public officeholder. 

1913

The current courthouse was built at a cost of $40,435.

1929

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held the first public hearing on the construction of Kentucky Dam.

1939

The Murray Woman's Clubhouse and Ty Holland Stadium were built.

June 8, 1944

The Murray City Park (now Chestnut Park) opened.

1954

Murray State College was racially integrated.

1960

Five county high schools were consolidated into Calloway County High School (photo courtesy Randy & Jeanetta McCallon).

January 1974

Mel Purcell of Murray finished second in the 14-year-old singles division of the Sugar Bowl Invitational Tournament at New Orleans, Louisiana.

January 1981

The new four-lane section of U.S. 641 between Murray and Benton was opened to traffic.

September 12, 1998

A 20-year dream was finally realized when the MSU Regional Special Events Center opened.

2000s

November 2000

Voters approved the measure to allow restaurants seating at least 100 and deriving 70 percent of their revenue from food sales to serve alcohol by the drink, with Hazel residents voting down the local measure.

January 26, 2012

The Motor Vessel Delta Mariner slammed into the Eggners Ferry Bridge, which carried U.S. Highway 68 and Kentucky 80 over Kentucky Lake between Marshall and Trigg counties, dislodging a 300-foot-plus span from the Bridge.

February 2020

A Future Farmers of America chapter was started at Murray High School, a first for the school district.

February 28, 2021

Judge-Executive Kenny Imes, in order to obtain state and federal aid, declared a state of emergency in Calloway County, heavy rain having created a flash-flood event, washing out several county roads and leaving streets, homes and businesses underwater in Murray.

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