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Russells Creekrises in central Carteret County and flows S into Newport River.
Russellvillecommunity in central Anson County served by post office for six months in 1901.
Russtowncommunity in SW Brunswick County.
Ruthcommunity in N Forsyth County served by post office, 1885-1903.
Ruthtown in W central Rutherford County. Inc. 1893 as Hampton. Named for S. D. Hampton, first mayor. Name changed to Ruth (first part of the county name) in 1906.
Rutherford Collegeformer town and college in E Burke County. The school was founded by R. L. Abernathy in 1853, and the 400-acre site was inc. as village of Excelsior in 1872; inc. as town of Rutherford College in 1881. Alt. 1,210. The school merged with Weaver College in 1932 and was moved to Brevard, which see, and renamed Brevard College. Town charter repealed in 1933. Now a residential community approx. 2 mi. E of town of Valdese. Named for John Rutherford, who donated the land for the school in 1853. Original post office, 1857-86, was named Happy Home; it also served Connelly Springs, which see.
Rutherford Countywas formed in 1779 from Tryon County when it was divided to form Rutherford and Lincoln Counties. Located in the SW section of the state, it is bounded by the state of South Carolina and by Polk, Henderson, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, and Cleveland Counties. It was named for Griffith Rutherford (1731-1800), leader of 1776 expedition against the Cherokee, member of the Provincial Congress, and Revolutionary War general. Area: 568 sq. mi. County seat: Rutherfordton, with an elevation of 1,096 ft. Townships are Camp Creek, Chimney Rock, Colfax, Cool Spring, Duncans Creek, Gilkey, Golden Valley, Green Hill, High Shoals, Logan Store, Morgan, Rutherfordton, Sulphur Springs, and Union. Produces corn, wheat, oats, cotton, hay, soybeans, boats, dairy products, livestock, hogs, textiles, apparel, lumber, sand, and gravel.
Rutherfords MillSee Exeter.
Rutherfordtontown and county seat, W central Rutherford County. Served by post office since 1798. Est. 1787. Alt. 1,096. Town and county named for Gen. Griffith Rutherford (1731-1800), Revolutionary War leader. See also Gilbert Town; Mountain Creek.
Rutherfordton Townshipcentral Rutherford County.

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