Old Fort of Franklin
Franklin, the first permanent Anglo-
Saxon settlement in Idaho, was settled
in 1860 by a group of Mormon pioneer
families from Utah. The fort in which they
first lived was erected for protection
against Indians, men standing guard
outside at night for the safety of their
families, livestock and possessions. The
northwest corner of the old fort was
situated 50 feet southwest from here.
During the summer of 1860 homes were
erected outside the fort and within one
enclosure a school house was built.