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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Franklin, Indiana

Clickable Map of Johnson County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Johnson County, IN (39) Bartholomew County, IN (17) Brown County, IN (10) Marion County, IN (246) Morgan County, IN (11) Shelby County, IN (8)  JohnsonCounty(39) Johnson County (39)  BartholomewCounty(17) Bartholomew County (17)  BrownCounty(10) Brown County (10)  MarionCounty(246) Marion County (246)  MorganCounty(11) Morgan County (11)  ShelbyCounty(8) Shelby County (8)
Franklin is the county seat for Johnson County
Franklin is in Johnson County
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      Bartholomew County (17)  
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1Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Big SpringHopewell Community
In 1824, settler Simon Covert led Thomas Henderson to Big Spring. A church, school and cemetery were envisioned to the south. Henderson outwitted a man seeking this spring site for a whiskey distillery. His family, vanguard of anti-slavery . . . Map (db m66766) HM
2Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Big Spring
1831 - - - 1931 Big Spring Center of Hopewell Settlement This building erected by John Hoefgen, in memory of the early settlers, his Mother, Eliza Demott Hoefgen, and Uncle, Albert List, long an Elder in the . . . Map (db m66768) HM
3Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — 41.1992.1 — Birthplace of Paul Vories McNutt
McNutt, born July 19, 1891 at 200 N. Walnut, was Indiana's 33rd Governor (1933-1937), state and national American Legion Commander, I. U. Law School Dean, High Commissioner and first U.S. Ambassador to Philippine Republic. Died March 24, 1955; . . . Map (db m66821) HM
4Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — 41.2000.1 — Birthplace of Roger D. Branigin
As Indiana's 42nd governor 1965-1969, championed equal opportunity in education and housing. Earned degrees from Franklin College and Harvard University. Deputy prosecutor of Johnson and Brown counties 1926-1929. Practiced law in Franklin, . . . Map (db m66820) HM
5Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Booker T. Washington School
Franklin's grade school for children of color was here from 1873-1951 and was called West School until 1928 when Franklin's School's Board of Trustees resolved: "That the West School Building shall hereafter be known as the Booker T. Washington . . . Map (db m145806) HM
6Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — First Cabin in Franklin
A two room log cabin was built on or near this site in March, 1823 by George King, by whose efforts Johnson County was authorized Dec. 31, 1822 and organized March 8, 1823. King donated land for the county seat and Franklin was founded May 22, 1823. . . . Map (db m66838) HM
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7Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — First Fair in Johnson County
The fair was held in woods belonging to Garrett C. Bergen, November 1838. Entrance to grounds was from North Main Street. No admission was charged and no money paid out in premiums. June 23, 1884 this area became known as The Charity Denton Martin . . . Map (db m69371) HM
8Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Franklin
Founded in 1823, is the home of Franklin College, 1834 and the birthplace of two Indiana governors, Paul V. McNutt, 1891, at 599 E. Adams and Roger D. Branigin, 1902, at 205 Yandes. Johnson County Historical Museum at 150 W. Madison, Indiana Masonic . . . Map (db m66837) HM
9Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Franklin Township High School1904 - 1932
Franklin Township High School served this community as the first public school with grades one through twelve. Although fire destroyed the building in December 1932, fire did not destroy the burning desire for education that had been . . . Map (db m66758) HM
10Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — 41.2020.1 — Franklin Wonder Five
The Franklin Wonder Five dominated Indiana basketball in the 1920s as the sport’s popularity grew dramatically. The team won an unprecedented three consecutive state championships at the high school level from 1920-1922. After graduating, . . . Map (db m206696) HM
11Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Home of Columbus Horatio Hall
This plaque marks the site of the home of Columbus Horatio Hall 1846 - - - - - 1928 Famed Professor of Greek and Latin at Franklin College and upon two occasions its acting President, Columbus H. Hall was one of its most . . . Map (db m66823) HM
12Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Hopewell Academy 1855 to 1884
Education-minded Hopewell Presbyterian Church members opened a six-room coed academy to the east in 1855. John Covert led builders using whip-sawed timers. Only nails were bought. Academy literary societies flourished. Pre-Civil War, it . . . Map (db m66744) HM
13Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Johnson County Civil War Memorial
To Commemorate the Valor of the Soldiers of Johnson Co. In defense of the Union 1861 ———— 1865 — ∮— ( Relief ) — ∮— This fountain is erected by John T. . . . Map (db m55608) HM
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14Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Johnson County Court Houses
1ST ~ Court held Smiley’s Mill, 5 miles S.E. of Franklin Oct. 16, 1823 2ND ~ George King home, Franklin, Indiana, March, 1824 3RD ~ North Main Street, Lot 35, Log, 2 stories, Oct., 1824 4TH ~ Brick, 2 stories, . . . Map (db m55630) HM
15Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Johnson County Museum of History
In 1922 members of the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107 broke ground on this neoclassical building that served as their Masonic Temple until 1987. The Johnson County Historical Society and the Johnson County government jointly purchased the temple in . . . Map (db m69370) HM
16Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Johnson County Revolutionary War Memorial
( Side One ) In Honor of All Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots Buried in Johnson County Erected July 2009 ( Side Two ) —∮— (D.A.R. - Crest) —∮— Alexander . . . Map (db m55609) WM
17Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Johnson County Spanish American War Honor Roll
( Plaque One ) —∮— ( Official Crest ) —∮— United ★Spanish ★ War ★ Veterans 1898 ★ 1902 —∮— —— —∮— —— . . . Map (db m55611) WM
18Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Johnson County War Memorial Honor Rolls
( Marker Front ) ( Center Section ) —∮— (The Great Seal) —∮— Dedicated to these Johnson County men who, in answering the call of duty, paid the Price of Freedom – (Seal) . . . Map (db m55786) WM
19Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Martin PlaceHistoric District
Circa 1870, Dr. John O. and Charity Denton Martin constructed the first house on Martin Place. Dr. Martin, a dentist by profession, was instrumental in procuring the charter of the City of Franklin. In 1885 Dr. & Mrs. Martin platted the district on . . . Map (db m146501) HM
20Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Old Hopewell Academy
1855 - - - 1889 To commemorate the Ideals and Services of the Old Hopewell Academy and the faithful labors of the Teachers who here through many years brought to the youth of this community inspiration for life . . . Map (db m66763) HM
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21Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — Province Hospital
1906 - ∮ - ∮ - ∮ - 1946 Built in 1906 First and only Hospital in Johnson County until after World War II (Second Plaque) To Honor the lineage of Family Physicians who have served here . . . Map (db m69390) HM
22Indiana, Johnson County, Franklin — The Hopewell Flag
Site of presentation of an American Flag to Company F. 7th Indiana volunteer Infantry Regiment August 20, 1861. The 34-star flag, sewn by ladies of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, was received at a farewell picnic in a grove on the John H. Van Nuys . . . Map (db m66782) HM
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Feb. 9, 2023