The state flower of Texas is the bluebonnet. The flower blooms in the spring and is a common sight along the highways and in fields throughout the state.
Franklin County, located in North East Texas, has a rich history dating back to the early 19th century. Originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, such as the Caddo and Hasinai, the region was explored by Spanish and French explorers in the 18th century. In 1820, Moses Morrison, a famous frontiersman, received a land grant in the area that would later become Franklin County. The first permanent settlements were established in the 1830s, bringing a wave of Anglo-American settlers attracted to the abundant natural resources and fertile land.

The county was officially established in 1875, and it was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States. The growth of the county was significantly influenced by the arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s, which brought increased commerce and opportunities for trade. The economy thrived on agriculture with cotton being the most significant crop, but by the early 20th century, dairy farming became a major industry as well.

Franklin County played a role in the timber industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The presence of vast pine forests led to the establishment of lumber mills, which helped support the local economy. However, as the demand for timber decreased and the resources were depleted, the industry declined, and agriculture became the primary source of income.

In recent years, Franklin County has embraced its historical and natural attractions, including the Old Jail Museum, which provides insight into the county's past, and Lake Cypress Springs, offering outdoor recreational activities. Today, the county continues to be a rural community with a strong sense of community and a focus on preserving its history while also looking towards the future.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Franklin County, Texas.

  • 1837 - Franklin County is established on January 30.
  • 1846 - The town of Mount Vernon, the county seat, is established.
  • 1850 - The county's population is recorded at 1,695.
  • 1887 - The Texas Midland Railroad extends its line through Franklin County.
  • 1930 - The Great Depression causes economic hardships in the county.
  • 1937 - Franklin County Electric Cooperative is formed to bring electricity to rural areas.
  • 1968 - The completion of the Cooper Lake Dam creates Cooper Lake, attracting tourists.
  • 1990 - The county's population reaches 8,904.
  • 2020 - Franklin County celebrates its 183rd anniversary.