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Franklin County, Indiana
Batesville - Bath - Brookville - Butler - Cedar Grove - Fairfield
- Laurel - Metamora
Oldenburg - Posey - Ray - Salt Creek -
Springfield - Whitewater
County Seat: Brookville
Year Organized: 1811
Square Miles: 391.05
This county was named in honor of the distinguished Benjamin
Franklin. The northeast portion is level, the central and western
portions rolling, and in many places quite hilly. The timber, which was
originally plenty, consists of oak, sugar, beech, hickory and black
walnut. The soil is generally good. A considerable portion of the
county is bottom land, lying along White river and it branches. These
bottoms are, as usual, a very rich soil, well adapted to the growth of
corn. The uplands are better adapted to the growth of wheat and grass.
The farming interests of the county are fully up to those of other
counties in the State. This county has some interesting antiquarian
features. There are numerous mounds of earth and structures of stone,
imbedded in the earth, and prepared with apparent skill, so that the
deposits of some very distant period are found in a remarkable state of
preservation. Franklin county has all the natural elements for success,
and is rapidly increasing in population and wealth. Brookville, the
county seat, is located on the Whitewater division of the Indianapolis,
Cincinnati and La Fayette Railway. It is an enterprising, educational
town, rapidly increasing in population, wealth and importance. The
major cities and towns of Franklin County are Batesville, Brookville,
Cedar Grove, Laurel, Mount Carmel and Oldenburg Franklin County was
made effective February 1, 1811. Franklin County was the sixth county
formed and was taken from Dearborn and Clark Counties in conformity
with the legislative act of November 27, 1810. The additional
organization of Fayette and Union counties in 1819 and 1821 greatly
reduced the area of Franklin County. Brookville is the County
Seat. Named after Jesse Brook Thomas, the original proprietor, it was
first settled in 1804 by Lismund Bayse, James Knight, Robert
Breckenridge, John Test and Amos Butler, and by 1849 had a population
of about 1,200.hn Test and Amos Butler, and by 1849 had a population of
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