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The county was organized in 1818 and is named for
Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.
The county seat is Union.
Occupied by succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples,
this area was populated by the historic Osage tribe at
the time of European encounter. The region was first
settled by Europeans during the rule of the Spanish
Empire. The Spanish log fort San Juan del Misuri
(1796–1803) was built in present-day Washington. After
the American Revolutionary War, migrants from the new
United States started moving West. Among them were the
family and followers of Daniel Boone, an explorer from
Kentucky who settled the area starting in 1799. For
the next two decades, most settlers came from the
Upper South, especially Kentucky and Virginia,
bringing their slaves with them to work the land.
In 1833 substantial numbers of German immigrant
families settled in the area, and soon they
outnumbered the slaveowners. The Germans opposed
slavery, and their descendants became strong
supporters of the Union during the U.S. Civil War. The
Confederate General Sterling Price led his troops in
ransacking this area during the war when guerrilla
warfare engulfed many areas of the state.
Before the war the county was served by steamboats
moving freight and passenger traffic on the Missouri
River. Later it also became a railroad transportation
center. Manufacturing industries were established at
the end of the Civil War and successive ones have
Prohibition, Missouri was the second-largest
wine-producing state in the nation. Everything was
closed down except for limited production of wine
allowed for religious purposes. The state's wine
industry had to be completely rebuilt, which has been
taking place since the 1960s.
Meramac Caverns are located in Stanton.
Berger * Gerald * New Haven * Pacific * St. Clair * Sullivan (partial) * Union (county seat) * Washington
Leslie * Miramiguoa Park * Oak Grove Village * Parkway
Gray Summit * Villa Ridge
Beaufort * Catawissa * Labadie * Lonedell * Luebbering * Moselle
* Noser Mill * Robertsville * St. Albans * Spring Bluff * Stanton