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