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Eufaula historian shares stories about city's rich history

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Doug Purcell, Local Historian Doug Purcell, Local Historian
EUFAULA, Ala. -

Founded on the site of early Creek Indian villages, the history of Eufaula has been preserved for hundreds of years. You can see it in architecture -- with homes, buildings and their stories all retained over time.

Eufaula is a city with so much rich history and so many different stories. I rode around with local historian Doug Purcell who shared some of these tales and says the collection of narratives make up one big story -- the history of Eufaula.

In the late 1700's, three Creek tribes occupied the area on both sides of the Chattahoochee River near the present-day city of Eufaula. White settlers from Georgia arrived in the early 19th century and established the first permanent white settlement on the bluffs above the river. These white settlers adopted the Creek village name of Eufaula.

The original growth was along the bluff, but people began to get ill so they moved the buildings in the city back. Barbour County was formed in December of 1832 and that's when growth really accelerated in the Eufaula area. Barbour County became an important shipping and trading hub for surrounding Alabama and Georgia counties.

Eufaula has more than 700 registered historic structures, the second largest in the state. Most of the historic structures are in the city's historic district, which was developed in 1834 by U.S. Army Captain Seth lore. He named the four main north-south avenues "Livingston," "Orange," "Randolph," and "Eufaula," which spells Lore.

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