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Window on the past

An abandoned and collasping church in the ghost town of Franklin, Missouri.


Franklin, Missouri. Franklin was a railroad town with a turntable at the end of the line. The village is pretty much deserted. Since Franklin lies low to the Missouri River and had a recurring flood problem. The nearby town of New Franklin sits a bit higher on a hill and was founded in 1828 by residents from Franklin.


The town was named after Benjamin Franklin. In 1819, the Missouri Intelligencer and Boonslick Advertiser became the first newspaper printed west of St. Louis. In 1821, Franklin was the starting point of the first Santa Fe caravan of pack mules to trade with Mexico. This first venture was organized by William Becknell. Although before 1821, there had been occasional parties travelling its general route and ending up in a Spanish jail, the Santa Fe trade which began with Becknell, established in fact the great trail of commerce called the Santa Fe Trail. This was also the year Mexico became independent of Spain, and at once it removed the old Spanish trade restrictions.

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Taken on November 23, 2011