kids encyclopedia robot

Franklin County, Indiana facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Franklin County
Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville Historic District
Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville Historic District
Map of Indiana highlighting Franklin County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Indiana
Founded 1 February 1811 (authorized)
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Brookville
Largest town Brookville (entirely within county)
Batesville (partial)
Area
 • Total 391.05 sq mi (1,012.8 km2)
 • Land 384.43 sq mi (995.7 km2)
 • Water 6.62 sq mi (17.1 km2)  1.69%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
22,736
 • Density 59.1/sq mi (22.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th
Indiana county number 24

Franklin County is a county on the eastern border of the U.S. state of Indiana. In the 2010 United States Census, the county population was 23,087. The county seat is the town of Brookville. Franklin County is part of the Cincinnati, OH–KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The only incorporated city in Franklin County is Batesville, which lies mostly in adjoining Ripley County.

Brookville-indiana-from-above
Brookville from the northeast

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 391.05 square miles (1,012.8 km2), of which 384.43 square miles (995.7 km2) (or 98.31%) is land and 6.62 square miles (17.1 km2) (or 1.69%) is water.

Brookville-indiana-from-above
Brookville from the northeast.

Major highways

  • I-74.svg Interstate 74
  • US 52.svg U.S. Route 52
  • Indiana 1.svg Indiana State Road 1
  • Indiana 46.svg Indiana State Road 46
  • Indiana 101.svg Indiana State Road 101
  • Indiana 121.svg Indiana State Road 121
  • Indiana 229.svg Indiana State Road 229
  • Indiana 252.svg Indiana State Road 252

Adjacent counties

History

Franklin County was formed in 1811. It was named for Benjamin Franklin.

Some of the early settlers of this county were Primitive Baptists, they came with Elder William Tyner who came from Virginia in 1797. They organized the Little Cedar Grove Baptist Church, the first church in the Whitewater Valley. [1] The members built a log church as early as 1805, about two or three miles southeast of Brookville, Indiana.

One further landmark in the county is the Big Cedar Baptist Church and Burying Ground on Big Cedar Creek Road, between the road to Reily and the Oxford Pike. The original church was established in 1817, as an arm of the Little Cedar Baptist church. The plain, simple brick building, but impressive in its simplicity was built in 1838. This church, like all, or nearly all of the pioneer Baptist groups in the county was originally Primitive Baptist or Hardshell. In the 1830s modernism came upon the scene, modernism and human inventions, like Sunday Schools, Missionary Societies, and organs. Organs were particularly anathema to the Primitive Party; an organ was Aaron’s golden calf. The Big Cedar congregation divided into two congregations, but the two groups arrived at an amicable settlement and both congregations continued to use the same building. The Primitives, or Hardshells, had church there on the first and third Sabbath of each month, and the Modernists or Missionary Baptists used the church on the second and fourth Sundays. Each congregation had its own wood shed. The building is now maintained in connection with the Big Cedar Cemetery Association.[2]

Governors James B. Ray, Noah Noble and David Wallace were known as the "Brookville Triumvirate," in that they all had lived in Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana and served consecutive terms in the office of Governor of Indiana. Noble and former governor Ray were political enemies.[3]

James B. Goudie Jr. Speaker of the Indiana House was from Franklin County.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Brookville, Indiana
J F M A M J J A S O N D
 
 
3
 
36
17
 
 
2.7
 
42
20
 
 
3.8
 
53
29
 
 
4
 
64
38
 
 
4.9
 
74
48
 
 
4.1
 
83
58
 
 
4.3
 
87
62
 
 
3.9
 
85
60
 
 
2.7
 
79
52
 
 
3
 
67
40
 
 
3.7
 
53
32
 
 
3.3
 
41
23
temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in Brookville have ranged from a low of 17 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −31 °F (−35 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in September 1951. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.68 inches (68 mm) in September to 4.90 inches (124 mm) in May.

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Townships

  • Bath Township
  • Blooming Grove Township
  • Brookville Township
  • Butler Township
  • Fairfield Township
  • Highland Township
  • Laurel Township
  • Metamora Township
  • Posey Township
  • Ray Township
  • Salt Creek Township
  • Springfield Township
  • Whitewater Township

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 10,763
1830 10,190 −5.3%
1840 13,349 31.0%
1850 17,968 34.6%
1860 19,549 8.8%
1870 20,223 3.4%
1880 20,092 −0.6%
1890 18,366 −8.6%
1900 16,388 −10.8%
1910 15,335 −6.4%
1920 14,806 −3.4%
1930 14,498 −2.1%
1940 14,412 −0.6%
1950 16,034 11.3%
1960 17,015 6.1%
1970 16,943 −0.4%
1980 19,612 15.8%
1990 19,580 −0.2%
2000 22,151 13.1%
2010 23,087 4.2%
2018 (est.) 22,736 −1.5%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013
kids search engine
Franklin County, Indiana Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.