Franklin was first established in 1796 as a sleepy collection of cabins along the beautiful Great Miami River. When the Miami Canal came through the village in 1829, and the railroad followed in the 1870s, many new industries came to the area, and the downtown filled with fine brick and stone residences, businesses, churches, and public buildings. The town prospered through the 19th century, and the proud community's leaders proclaimed a grand celebration of its past, present, and envisioned future: the Franklin
Homecoming of 1910. Just three years later, Franklin was struck by the greatest calamity in its history, the Flood of 1913. Though Franklin quickly recovered, it soon left its past behind, as it became a modern city in a rapidly changing nation. Through vintage images of buildings, businesses, and people now gone and forgotten, Franklin brings to life the town's rich history, from its beginnings to 1920.
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20th century 219 Oxford Road 302 Park Avenue 49 Miami Avenue 75th Ohio Big Four Railroad Bob Croll cabin CENTRAL SCHOOL city building Civil War veteran constructed corner of Main corner of River Courtesy of Patty Courtesy of William demolished distance downtown Franklin east side Edwin Forrest Elite Hotel Elm Street foreground Fourth Street Franklin Chronicle front Gallaher George Rossman intersection Jackie Lane later Lewis Davis Campbell lived Liz Buchanan located looking north looking south Main and Fourth Main and Second Mary Miami River Miami Valley Chautauqua Miami-Erie Canal north side northwest corner Odd Fellows building Patty Frazee photograph looks photograph was taken picket fence porch Queen Anne-style River Street Schenck Second Street Sixth Street South Main Street southeast corner stands stood structure SUSPENSION BRIDGE Third Streets Thirkield Department Store Tom Foley view is looking village West Side William Moses WOODHILL CEMETERY Woodward