In 1874, Bishop L. H. Hatch built a mansion
that has been preserved as a fine
example of pioneer Idaho architecture.
Idaho's only railroad, serving Montana's thriving
mining camps, reached here that year - a
time of depression between gold rushes, when
Franklin was Idaho's largest city. Two years
later, rail construction resumed, and freighters
moved on. But Hatch's elegant house
remains as a reminder of a bygone era.