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The county was organized in 1818
and is named for Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.
The county seat is
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
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
Before 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.
Caverns are located in Stanton.
Berger * Gerald * New Haven * Pacific
* St. Clair * Sullivan (partial) * Union (county seat) *
Leslie * Miramiguoa Park * Oak Grove
Village * Parkway
Gray Summit *
Catawissa * Labadie * Lonedell * Luebbering * Moselle
* Noser Mill *
Robertsville * St. Albans * Spring Bluff * Stanton