County Seat, Central
Hwys 79 & 46
32 miles N of Bryan
(via State Highway 6)
Population: 1,470 (2000) 1,336 (1990)
in a Pecan Shell|
In 1879 the voters agreed to move the county seat to Morgan from Calvert.
Morgan was a more central location in Robertson County.
are important to county seats and since there was already a Morgan, Texas, they
reverted to the name of the original county seat - Franklin.
school was built in 1881 and burned three years later. A huge windstorm in 1913
destroyed every public building in Robertson County, including Franklin's four
Franklin, Texas Today
Texas Landmarks & Stories:
Carnegie Library in Franklin|
| The 1914
Carnegie Library is perhaps more striking than the courthouse (allowing for
it's smaller size). One of only five Carnegie
Libraries still being used for its original purpose (out of 31) in Texas,
this one once had it's basement filled with sand to curtail mosquito breeding.
The basement also served as a changing room for Franklin High School sports teams.
It is perhaps the only Carnegie Library in the state to display a portrait of
In 1908 The Carnegie Foundation changed from the Greek
Revival and Beaux-Arts styles to more modest single story structures. The lecture
halls or stage areas were assigned to basements after 1908. Although this building
was built after the "grand" libraries of Belton, Terrell and Ballinger, it maintains
an elegance that many other two-story libraries lack.
Book Your Hotel Here & Save: Franklin
Grave of the last Civil War Soldier
In the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery,
about four miles SE from Franklin on FM 2446, you'll find the final resting place
of Walter Williams, last soldier of either side to die. Walter served in the Confederacy.
Man in the World
Sideshow Texans by Mike
Tarver was born in Franklin in 1885. He grew up to a strapping eight-foot-two
and hit the circuit in 1909. He worked for four different circuses, billed either
as the Texas Giant or Tallest Man in the World. “I was a cowboy until I got bigger
than the pony,” he told crowds. Tarver stayed in show business until 1933.