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As the treaties with the Delaware tribes and the forging of the Whetzel Trace opened central Indiana for settlement, the town of Franklin emerged from wilderness, echoing the development of newly christened Johnson County. Founded by Kentucky natives Simon Covert, Garret Bergen, and George King, the land that became Franklin was chosen because of ample waterways and the availability of game. Previously populated by Native Americans within the dense forest, the area was often overlooked because of flooding and harsh, thicketed landscapes. George King persuaded the Indiana Legislature to create Johnson County on December 31, 1822, before persuading the new county's commissioners to establish the town of Franklin, named after Ben Franklin, as the seat of county government.
ISBN: 9780738582856
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Expanding from a foreword written by Franklin mayor Fred Paris and concluding with a chapter introduction by Franklin Heritage executive director Rob Shilts, authors Jim Hillman—a longtime Johnson County resident—and John Murphy explore Franklin's past through more than 200 rare images. Many of these photographs are from the archives of the Johnson County Museum of History. Hillman and Murphy previously collaborated on four Images of America series books: Indianapolis Social Clubs (2009), Indiana's Catholic Religious Communities (2009), Greenwood (2010), and Beech Grove (2011).
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