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Franklin County Information
Franklin County was formed out of Whitman County on November 28, 1883
It was named after Benjamin Franklin.
The county seat is at Pasco, which is also the county's largest city.

On October 16, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in the Pasco area, at a site now commemorated by Sacagawea State Park.
In the 1880s, the Northern Pacific Railway was built near the Columbia River, bringing many settlers to the area. Pasco was officially incorporated on September 3, 1891. It was named by Virgil Bogue, a construction engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway after Cerro de Pasco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, where he had helped build a railroad. In its early years, it was a small railroad town, but the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam in 1941 brought irrigation and agriculture to the area.
(source: wikipedia)

Census- Designated Communities
Basin City * Connell * Kahlotus * Mesa * Pasco * West Pasco



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Website Updates:
Nov 2013:  Crime news for GRINNELL and HAMMOND
July 2013: Crime news for OSBORNE, BABB
March 2013: obits for McCARTY and SMITH; Birth announcement for BURGRAFF; bio for KAHLOW
Feb 2013: Birth records for O'KEEFE

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Adams County - north
Whitman County - east
Walla Walla County - southeast
Columbia County - southeast
Benton County - southwest
Grant County - northwest

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