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Nebraska County Countdown: #50 Franklin County

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The big ole five-oh

While it was officially established in 1867, many of Franklin County’s first settlers left because of hostilities from the local Native Americans. The Pawnee tribe was the main tribe in the area and used it as bison-hunting range. So the first official group of settlers were from the Rankin colony. The population of Rankin Colony in 1870 was 26 people.

The population of Franklin county was steady to decreasing until the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad extended its lines through the county. After the railroad reached it’s point in Franklin county people started flocking to Franklin, NE and it was incorporated as a village in 1883.

In fact, the population of Franklin County increased by 20,919.2% from 1870-1880.

The county seat was Franklin, then Bloomington, then back to Franklin. After a prolonged legal flight with Bloomington, Franklin (the town) finally officially became the county seat of Franklin County in 1920. Unfortunately, it looks like the population was the highest in 1910, and has slowly been declining ever since.

Ever since that legal fight over the Franklin County seat the people of Bloomington and Franklin will not speak to each other. In fact a word has not been spoken between citizens of each down since 1933.*

So I know what you are thinking. Franklin county has to be named after Franklins. Which is the restaurant/brewery known for their beer-battered onion rings in Hyattsville, MD.

But surprisingly, it was not. Franklin County was named after an author and inventor from Boston.

Other towns besides Bloomington and Franklin that call Franklin County home are Campbell, Hildreth, Naponee, Riverton and Upland.

One of the main attractions to Franklin, County is the Republican River which was surprisingly named after a branch of the Pawnee Indians.

*This is not true or at least I assume this is not true. Thank you for scrolling down to read the reference from the asterisk. You are the real MVP.

From “Nebraska: 150 years Told Through 93 Counties” by David Hendee

  • Valuable Dugout: Settler Robert Dow arrived in 1872 and wrote to his fiancee: “All that is here is a post office in a dugout.” Later, he wrote: “I have a dugout stable built on my land, but I don’t keep on my horses in it. They have school in it on weekdays and church on Sundays.”
  • 6 Bridges to Cross: Riverton is a town of bridges. Six bridges cross either the Republican River or Thompson Creek in and out of the community. One historic bridge over the Republican River southeast of town is now unusual pin-connected, three-span structure built in 1911. It is 322 feet long.
  • Upland is higher in elevation that its neighbors, Campbell and Hildreth, hence its name. In 1894, it became the last village to incorporate in the county.

HERE IS A MAP!!!!!!!

On to the Nebraska Football Stuff

Greatest Husker to wear #50: Dave Rimington. You know the guy that takes a bunch of beautiful pictures and puts them on twitter? Ya that guy. Oh, and he is the most decorated offensive lineman in the history of college football. Oh, and then they named an award after him for the best center in college football. Rimington was pretty good.

Other Notables: Julius Jackson

Current Huskers wearing #50: John Rairdon (OL) and Jake Archer (LB)

What did I miss? So far in doing the counties I have missed the entire city of Gretna and Matt Davison. Let me know so I can add to the list.