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Franklin in Simpson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

County Named, 1819 / Franklin

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
1. County Named, 1819 Marker
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County Named, 1819
For Capt. John Simpson, one of the nine officers killed at Battle of River Raisin, Jan. 22, 1813, for whom Ky. counties named. Fought under "Mad Anthony" Wayne, Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794. Settled in Shelby Co., Ky. Speaker of Ky. House, 1811. Congressman. County formed from Allen, Logan, Warren. "Cut-Off" three mile strip along Logan Co. added in 1869. Over.

Franklin
When Legislature formed county, it authorized commission to purchase site for county seat. Three owners of land sought to sell site. Water source essential. William Hudspeth dug well here, but it was dry. He hauled water secretly to fill well, sold 62 acres. Water primed well and it was used many years. Town surveyed, 1819, and made county seat by Legislature, Nov. 1820. Over.
 
Erected 1966 by the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 912.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics
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By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
2. Franklin Marker
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Settlements & SettlersWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 22, 1862.
 
Location. 36° 43.339′ N, 86° 34.728′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Kentucky, in Simpson County. Marker is at the intersection of West Cedar Street (Kentucky Route 100) and Main Street (U.S. 31W), on the right when traveling west on West Cedar Street. Located next to red wooden water well. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 West Cedar Street, Franklin KY 42134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Simpson County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpson County Desert Shield / Desert Storm Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Carolyn Conn Moore (within shouting distance of this marker); Cash-Carter Wedding / Walk the Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpson County Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Beverly L. Clarke (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Stone Jail / Jailer's Residence (about 500 feet away); Goodnight Memorial Library / Isaac Hershel Goodnight (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .
View of Hudspeth Well & Franklin Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
3. View of Hudspeth Well & Franklin Marker.

1. Wikipedia article on Battle of Fallen Timbers. (Submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Battle of Frenchtown (River Raisin). (Submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. City of Franklin web site. (Submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
View of Courthouse & Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
4. View of Courthouse & Marker.
View east on Cedar Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
5. View east on Cedar Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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