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Franklin County Franklin County was formed December 19, 1837, with Ozark as the seat of justice. Like other old counties, its boundaries have been subjected to changes. Jean Dardenne was granted lands here in 1816, and a few French families came in; two years later the claim was sold to English-speaking pioneers, and the Russells and Millers located near Pleasant Hill. The Cherokees had a village within its boundaries then. After the departure of the Indians, in 1828, many farmers located here, and during the ensuing decade, a stream of immigrants flowed in. ["Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region"]
Franklin County was named for Benjamin Franklin. It was organized December 19, 1837 from Crawford County. The Arkansas River bisects the county making two county seats more feasible in the olden days when crosssing the river was difficult. The county seats are located at Ozark and Charleston.
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