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Hidden : 07/25/2008
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small history of maury county, urban nano black magnetic cache holder, the cache and log are across the street from the courthouse. BYOP. the above cordinates are for the cache and log.

we could not believe no one had done this idea and we decided to tackle it, hope you enjoy our little town.

The Tennessee State Legislature, meeting in Knoxville on 24 Nov 1807, voted to sever the part of Willamson County south of Harpeth Ridge and create a new county, to be named Maury Colony. Ten citizens were appointed to serve as Commissioners and were directed to proceed with the organization of the county. These men held their first meeting on 21 Dec 1807 in the log cabin residence of Col. Joseph Brown. The site of this cabin is about three miles south of Columbia on Mooresville Pike. Today, a historical marker indicates the approximate location of the building. This continued to be the place where the Court met for the first year. By that time, the State Legislature had directed that property be acquired for a county seat. The town, given the name "Columbia", was laid off near the center of the new county. Within just a few months property was purchased and the first lots laid off. These were sold to private purchasers and the funds received designated for the construction of a courthouse, a jail and other necessary improvements. A contract was signed with builders for the construction of a brick building in September 1808. In December, 1808 the justices moved their meetings to a log cabin in the new town. The new courthouse was finished and delivered to the County in December 1810. The first meeting in their new building was held by the County Court in March 1811.

By 1844 the old courthouse was declared inadequate for the county's needs and a new structure approved. The old building was demolished and the second courthouse was dedicated in late 1846. This one remained in use until 1903 when the present edifice was erected. This one was turned over to Maury County and dedicated in February 1906. The courthouse served the county courts, administration and agencies for most of the past century. In the 1990's, however, it became evident that more space was needed and several historic buildings on the public square in Columbia were acquired. Several of these have been renovated and turned into space for many of the county's officials and their departments: County Manager, Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, Tax Assessor, etc. Over the years the clock tower of the courthouse has become damaged by the weather and has now been removed. Within a few months a new replica of the tower will be installed which, who knows, may serve Maury County for another hundred years.

(previous information was found at maury county historical society website)

questions for thought:
1. which president was the first to have impeachment proceedings brought against him?
2. date of the law enforcement memorial?
3. who is "BILLY"?
4. what was POLK'S income in 1824?
5. how many DODSON'S were killed in the civil war?

the cache is a urban nano magnetic black container.
we have seen two of these in the field so far and they
are tough to find. please just sign initial, bring your
own pen. please be careful in the crosswalks, lots of muggle activity during the day, should not be a problem.

please email answers to us after you have signed the log.
enjoy your walk around the courthouse and our little town.
lot of good history and information on all the monuments.
make sure you take time to read them all.

hope you enjoy your trip to historic columbia, tn!!!!

have fun, happy caching!!!!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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