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Franklin, Indiana was founded in 1823. The name was suggested by Samuel Herriott, a great admirer of Benjamin Franklin. One of the pioneer fathers of the city was George King. Franklin College was established in the city in 1834.

Franklin is the county seat for Johnson County. The Artcraft Theatre downtown was built in 1922, before movies had sound. Franklin has produced two governors: Paul McNutt (1933-1937) & Roger Branigan (1965-1969). The very first Ritter’s Frozen Custard was started in Franklin in 1989. Franklin Community High School was built in 2005/2006 at a cost of $103 million. Franklin Community Middle School is the old high school with millions of $ in renovations.

In June, 2008, Franklin experienced the worst flooding in history, with over 100 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. Many downtown homes and businesses are still empty.

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