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Franklin, Idaho - An Interactive History

Franklin, Idaho - An Interactive History

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Franklin, Idaho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in Idaho. Founded in 1860 by Mormon pioneers, Franklin was one of a series of settlement in Cache Valley.

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Franklin, Idaho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in Idaho. Founded in 1860 by Mormon pioneers, Franklin was one of a series of settlement in Cache Valley.

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nieLaura Lowe. The parents of both William and
Annie Laura were among the original thirteen 
families that settled Franklin in 1860. When William was
a boy his family moved up the road to Whitney wherehe and Annie grew up, married and raised their family.
 To tell the story of Franklin and Whitney is to tell thestory of William and Annie Laura.
Franklin & whitney Idaho
Franklin & whitney Idaho 
ranklin and Whitney, Idaho, are small, neighboring agricultural communities innorthern Cache Valley near the Idaho/Utah border. A deep, historic connection
runs between these places and the family of William Job Dunkley and his wife,
WILLIAM JOB DUNKLEY, center, with his par-ents, Margaret Wright and Joseph Dunkley.
were established by Mormon settlers from Utah.
Founded in 1860, Franklin is Idaho’s oldest continu-
ously inhabited town. It became an important supply
point for goods and materials flowing north into Idaho
and Montana.
Whitney began as a community of farming familiesfive miles northwest of Franklin and half way between
Franklin and the town of Preston. Mormon President,Ezra Taft Benson, was born and raised in Whitney.
Quick Connection
on a heading below to go to that section
Click the left edge of any page to bring up
an interactive table of contents
History of Franklin, Idaho
Franklin Timeline
Brigham Young sends an small team headedby Jesse C Little to explore the much talkedof Cache Valley north of Salt Lake City, Utah.
 They report on a beautiful valley.
Captain Howard Stansbury and Colonel Por-
ter explore Cache Valley with a contingent
of soldiers. The colonel likes the valley so
well that he sends all of his cattle and mules
there to stay the winter. The winter proves
severe, however, and half of the animals die,
persuading the colonel not to establish a
military outpost there.
Brigham Young directs that the Elkhorn Ranch
or Church Ranch be established between
Logan and Wellsville in what will be the firstof several ranches set up in Cache Valley. By
the end of the year there are about 3000
head of cattle and horses in the valley. The
same year, a group of settlers is sent to colo-
nize the Salmon River Country in Idaho andachieve initial success.
Peter Maughan and his group are sent to
settle what will become Wellsville, Utah, the
first permanent settlement in the valley. The
following year, elections establish a govern-
ing structure for the region.
Difficulties with the local Shoshone Indiansand the impending approach of Johnston’s
Army from the US Federal Government
prompt the recall of both the Salmon River
group in Idaho and the Wellsville group in
Utah back to Salt Lake City.
The Franklin Story
History of Franklin, Idaho
Franklin Timeline
With the easing of tension with Johnston’s
Army, Brigham Young directs that the re-settlement of Cache Valley begin in ear-
nest. Wellsville, Providence, Logan, Mendon,Richmond and Smithfield—all in Utah— are
started. Peter Maughan is called as the
Bishop of Cache Valley. The following year,
Apostle Ezra T. Benson is called to preside
over the Cache Valley Stake.
Hyrum, Paradise, Hyde Park, Utah are started.
At the suggestion of Brigham Young, five
groups from various towns in Utah set outfor Muddy River in northern Cache Valley.
1860 April 14
Thirteen families enter an areacalled Green Meadows—that will later be
renamed for Mormon apostle, FranklinRichards—and build a temporary fort us-
ing the boxes from their wagons arrangedin a circle.
1860 April 17
Jesse Fox comes from Salt Lake
City to survey Green Meadows into one- and
ten-acre lots.
1860 April 19
A vote is taken allowing theunmarried men in the group to draw lots
for land along with the married men. Work 
begins immediately on clearing land and
planting fields.
1860 June 4
Brigham Young and a sizable group
traveling in thirty carriages begin a tour of the settlements in Cache Valley, eventually
reaching Franklin. President Young calls Pres-
ton Thomas to be the bishop in Franklin.
1860 June 24
 The settlers begin work on ditches
to bring irrigation water from the canyon
down to their fields. Roads are constructed
to the canyon, opening the way for cuttingtimber used in constructing log cabins.
1860 July
A fort comprised of log cabins orga-
nized in a large rectangle begins to take
1860 August
The first crops of grain are har-
vested and threshing begun.
1860 Fall
Hannah Comish opens her home to
children of the settlement as a school. Bish-
op Thomas initiates construction of a log
school house.
The school house is completed. On Sundays
it is used as a meeting house for worship
services. Mail service begins between Utah
and Franklin. A wet fall leaves the settlers’
living quarters unpleasant and the flour from
the harvested wheat, musty.

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