Franklin in Franklin County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Franklin Academy occupied this site from 1881 until 1922. It was one of six Congregational Church-affiliated academies in Nebraska. Others were located at Crete, York, Neligh, Weeping Water, and Chadron.
Over 2,500 students in college preparatory studies attended the Franklin Academy. Distinguished alumni include author Adah Patterson, Federal Judge Robert Van Pelt, and Dr. Frank Cyr of Columbia University, under whose leadership the standard yellow school bus was developed.
There were originally four buildings on the campus, now the Franklin city park: the main academy building; Stewart Hall, a boys' dormitory; Harrison Hall, a girls' dormitory named in honor of academy founder Reverend C. S. Harrison; and Dupee Music Hall, constructed in 1901. Dupee Music Hall still stands at its original site, immediately west of here, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Financial problems and declining enrollment due to the increasing number of public high schools caused the academy's closing.
Erected by Franklin County Historical Society, Franklin Congregational United Church of Christ, and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 329.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 6.057′ N, 98° 57.164′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Nebraska, in Franklin County. Marker is on 16th Avenue (U.S. 136) near Q Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Franklin City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin NE 68939, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin County Veterans Memorial ( a few steps from this marker); Lockheed F-80 ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Franklin Congregational Academy ( within shouting distance of this marker); Dupee Hall of Music ( about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin County ( approx. ¼ mile away).
Also see . . .
1. Franklin Academy Photographs. (Submitted on September 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Franklin Academy Records at the Nebraska State Historical Society. (Submitted on September 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Education • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.