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Franklin County, NE

Franklin CountyPresent Franklin County was formerly a part of the buffalo hunting range of the Pawnee Indians whose villages were at one time located further down the valley of the Republican River. Cheyenne and Sioux hunting parties also frequented the area prior to 1869, when General Carr's Republican River Expedition cleared the valley of hostiles, opening the region to white settlers.


Franklin County is an area rich in history. Even today, you can visit the buffalo wallows or "lookout mountain" in search of Indian arrowheads. You may even find a small pioneer family cemetery in the middle of a pasture.


The Thompson Colony scouted this area in 1870, returning to Omaha with tales of rich, bountiful land. This encouraged land claims, and in 1871 ground was broken and a county was formed. At first there was some
confusion, with the "towns" of "Franklin City,"
"Waterloo," and "Franklin" shifting around, hoping
for the best spot near Center Creek. Locating at its
present site, only Franklin survived and proceeded
to grow in an orderly manner. There were the usual
early stores, livery stables, blacksmith, harness and wagon shops, produce and live stock buyers, etc.


Franklin City, a few miles from Franklin, was named the
county seat in 1872, only to lose it to Bloomington (formerly, Waterloo) two
years later. (People from Franklin City later moved their
buildings to Franklin.) It wasn't until an election in 1920, that the county
seat moved again, this time to Franklin. The "courthouse
affair" was finally settled in 1925 when the new building
was finished.

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Rose Bowl Theater

The newly renovated Rose Bowl Theatre draws visitors to Franklin every weekend. Movies are shown four times a week, Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 5:00 and 8:00 pm, and Monday at 8:00 pm.

Franklin, NE Theatres

Franklin Country Club

Franklin is fortunate to have a beautiful 9-hole, grass green golf course with watered fairways. Green fees are very reasonable and cart rental is available. A modern clubhouse is available for anyone's comfort, offering showers, beverages and food during your golf outing.

Franklin, NE Golf Courses

Franklin County Museum

The Franklin County Museum, bursting with history, is operated by the Franklin County Historical Society. It occupies two large buildings with a spacious parking lot.

Franklin, NE Museums

Franklin City Park

The City Park houses a sand volleyball court, lighted basketball and tennis courts, and a dip in the pool to cool off. Or relax and enjoy a picnic at one of two shelter-houses located in the park.

, NE Recreation

Franklin County Courthouse

The Franklin County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1925, and stands as a significant marker of a long county seat feud between Bloomington and Franklin which was not finally resolved until 1925, as the new building was built in Franklin. In 187

Franklin, NE Historic Courthouses

Franklin Academy

Franklin County is rich in its cultural achievements. In 1880, Franklin was chosen as a site for one of few Academies in Nebraska. Franklin's City Park is now located where the Academy once stood.

Franklin, NE National Register

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