• Town of Rutherfordton

First Western North Carolina Newspaper Printed in Rutherfordton

Rutherfordton is proud of it’s “minted original” history full of many firsts for our county and state.


One such first occurred on January 19, 1830. “The North Carolina Spectator and Western Advertiser” printed its first edition which also happened to be the very first newspaper printed in Western North Carolina. Some of the original notices from the 1830s announced the arrival of at least three physicians, a dentist and four attorneys to Rutherfordton.

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