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Franklinton in Washington Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

John Bickham

Founder of Franklinton

 
 
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November 18, 2017
1. John Bickham Marker
Front side
Inscription.
In Honor of
John Bickham
Founder of Franklinton


In 1819 John Bickham offered to donate thirty acres of land to serve as the Parish Seat of Justice and also to provide land for the building of public schools in what is today the town of Franklinton. Washington Parish officially accepted his donation by special election on July 4, 1826.

Bickham, born of James and Mary Henry Bickham in 1777, settled near here in 1799 and continued to reside in Washington Parish until his death in 1821. He served honorably in the Louisiana Militia and was a veteran of the West Florida Rebellion and the War of 1812.

The Washington Parish Courthouse and the center of the Town of Franklinton along with public school buildings, continue to be located on the land donated by John Bickham.

Dedicated May 5, 2012.
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 30° 50.679′ N, 90° 9.312′ W. Marker is in Franklinton, Louisiana, in Washington Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (State Highway 10) and Cleveland Street on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 908 Washington Street, Franklinton LA 70438, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other

John Bickham Marker image. Click for full size.
November 18, 2017
2. John Bickham Marker
Rear of marker.
markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To The Sacred Memory (within shouting distance of this marker); First School Washington Parish (approx. 2.2 miles away); Old Choctaw Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Located on the Washington Parish Courthouse grounds.
 
Categories. Political SubdivisionsSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
John Bickham Marker image. Click for full size.
November 18, 2017
3. John Bickham Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 19, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.   2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2017.
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