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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Franklin, Louisiana

Clickable Map of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> St. Mary Parish, LA (46) Assumption Parish, LA (14) Iberia Parish, LA (73) St. Martin Parish, LA (42) Terrebonne Parish, LA (32)  St.MaryParish(46) St. Mary Parish (46)  AssumptionParish(14) Assumption Parish (14)  IberiaParish(73) Iberia Parish (73)  St.MartinParish(42) St. Martin Parish (42)  TerrebonneParish(32) Terrebonne Parish (32)
Franklin is the parish seat for St. Mary Parish
Franklin is in St. Mary Parish
      St. Mary Parish (46)  
      Assumption Parish (14)  
      Iberia Parish (73)  
      St. Martin Parish (42)  
      Terrebonne Parish (32)  
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1 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Battle Of Irish BendApril 14, 1863
Also called by the Confederates the battle of Nerson's Woods or Franklin. In the Teche campaign the Federals followed the retreating Confederates from Bisland. Units of the Federal army under Gen. C.C. Grover landed from transports on Grand Lake and . . . Map (db m85070) HM
2 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Bayou TecheSoutheast Louisiana Refuges Complex
Overview Bayou Teche is the only National Wildlife Refuge established with the specific mission of protecting and managing a population of bears. Its 9,028 acres preserve habitat for the Louisiana black bear, a federally threatened subspecies of . . . Map (db m115142)
3 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Bayou TecheBayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
The diverse land along the Bayou Teche provides critical habitat for numerous native species, including the elusive Louisiana black bear. Bayou Teche is one of the most important bayous in south Louisiana. A former channel of the Mississippi . . . Map (db m115184) HM
4 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Bayou TecheFranklin Historic District — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
At its peak, Franklin was the largest steamboat port on Bayou Teche, a major early transportation route that directly influenced early English settlers here.Throughout the 1800s, the 125-mile Bayou Teche was the main transportation route . . . Map (db m115262) HM
5 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Belle Isle Salt Mine Memorial Reported missing
On March 5, 1968 fire broke out in the Belle Isle Salt Mine in St. Mary Parish. Twenty-one men were trapped 1200 feet underground with their only escape engulfed in flames. Coal miners from Kentucky flew in to help with the attempted rescue. It was . . . Map (db m86598) HM
6 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Charles Austin O'Niell
Franklin native, Chief Justice Charles A. O’Niell, 1869-1951. On Louisiana Supreme Court bench, 1914-1949. Stamped as one of the state’s immortals for his contributions to law in the United States and the cause of justice and freedom.Map (db m85067) HM
7 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Donelson Caffery(1835-1906)
Site of home of Donelson Caffery, courageous soldier of the Confederacy; distinguished lawyer and sugar planter of St. Mary Parish; able and uncompromising member of United States Senate (1892-1901); a most influential figure in the history of . . . Map (db m85081) HM
8 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Edward V. Loustalot
. . . Map (db m123108) HM
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9 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Franklin
Named for Benjamin Franklin in 1800 by founder Alexander 'Guinea' Lewis, town became St. Mary Parish seat in 1811, was incorporated in 1830, served as Teche Country’s port of entry and trade center until coming of railroads in 1870's.Map (db m85079) HM
10 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Franklin's Historic Lampposts
The original lampposts and neutral ground project began in 1915 under Mayor Charles Lauve. A 1916 ordinance prohibited chickens from walking on the boulevards, and "Do Not Hitch" appears on each lamppost. On February 22, 2005 a ceremony commemorated . . . Map (db m85069) HM
11 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — German Prisoner of War Camp
Located 1 mile west is the site of a W.W. II prisoner-of-war camp. Formerly a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the low-security P.O.W. camp opened October 14, 1943. It held captured German soldiers of the Afrikacorps who worked in the area . . . Map (db m85072) HM
12 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Jared Young Sanders1869-1944
Governor of Louisiana, 1908-1912. Born Avoca Plantation near Morgan City. Law firm located near Franklin courthouse. Served in Louisiana Legislature and U.S. Congress from Franklin.Map (db m85066) HM
13 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Jefferson Davis Louisiana Association
Jefferson F. Davis was born in Kentucky June 3, 1801. In 1810 his family moved to St. Mary Parish settling on Bayou Teche. He graduated West Point, was a hero of The Mexican War, a US Representative, Senator, Secretary of War, and Regent of the . . . Map (db m86626) HM
14 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — Murphy James Foster(1849-1921)
Home of Murphy James Foster, prominent St. Mary Parish plantation owner and lawyer of the reconstruction period who served the people of Louisiana with honor and distinction as: Louisiana State Senator (1880-1892) Thirty-first Governor . . . Map (db m85080) HM
15 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — St. Mary Parish Confederate Soldiers Monument1861-1865
Front LEST WE FORGET To the CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS St. Mary Parish, Who fought for the honor of their State and Country, This monument is erected. "Mostly they stood the test, Highly they earned their rest." Rear Erected December 1913 By . . . Map (db m108087) WM
16 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — St. Mary Parish Courthouse War Memorial
Front 1917-1918 1941-1945 IN MEMORIAM Honoring The men and women Of St. Mary Parish Who served our Country in World Wars One and Two And dedicated to the everlasting memory Of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice. Rear 1950-1955 1964-1973 . . . Map (db m108082) WM
17 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Services since 1830. Firmly organized in 1846 under leadership of Rev. Saml. Geo. Litton. Admitted into union with Diocese of LA. 1847. Rectory built 1855, the first rectory in the Diocese. Original church consecrated 1856 by Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, . . . Map (db m86602) HM
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18 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — The Battle of Irish Bend
Part of the Union advance through La. was known as the Teche Campaign. Union troops of the 4th Division XIX Army Corps tried to halt supplies for Confederate troops coming from Texas. On this site on April 14, 1863 Confederate Major Gen. Richard . . . Map (db m107909) HM WM
19 Louisiana, St. Mary Parish, Franklin — The Gunboat Diana
Embedded in the banks of Bayou Teche to the east of this site and visible from here are the boilers of the gunboat Diana. Originally a Federal vessel operating on the lower Teche, it was captured by the Confederates. During the Bisland campaign, . . . Map (db m85071) HM
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Dec. 2, 2023