Friday, November 04, 2005

1st City in Idaho

1st City in Idaho
Franklin, Idaho
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Franklin, Idaho was the 1st city built in Idaho. The town of Franklin was founded in the spring of 1860 by Mormon pioneers moving north through the Cache Valley of Utah. These early pioneers believed they were still in Utah, and not until 1872 did an official boundary survey fix the Idaho-Utah border a mile south of where Franklin was established. First settlers laid out wide streets and held a drawing to distribute town and farm lots. Town lots were large enough to accommodate a garden, barn, and outbuildings. Space was reserved for a central square -- which today is the Franklin City Park.Make sure to visit: Relic Hall, ZCMI Co-op, the Hatch House, the old City Hall, and the Franklin City Park. You might also find the distinct Pioneer Monument, a stone spire topped by an eagle that was erected in 1910 to honor the settlers of this territory. Also one of the last Yellowstone Markers is found here as well. These boulders featured an arrow welded to the top to point the way to Yellowstone National Park. As you leave the town, notice the hill to the west and its tribute to the year Franklin was settled.

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