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Robertson County TX
Robertson County


FRANKLIN, TEXAS

Robertson County Seat, Central Texas South

311'34"N 9629'10"W (31.026222, -96.486086)
Hwys 79 & 46
32 miles N of Bryan
(via State Highway 6)
Population: 1,620 (2010) 1,470 (2000) 1,336 (1990)

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Franklin Texas Topics:

  • History in Pecan Shell
  • Franklin Chronicles
  • Robertson County Courthouse > next page
  • Robertson County Jail > next page
  • The Carnegie Library in Franklin > next page
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  • History in a Pecan Shell

    In 1879 the voters agreed to move the county seat to Morgan from Calvert. Morgan was a more central location in Robertson County.

    Post Offices are important to county seats and since there was already a Morgan, Texas, they reverted to the name of the original county seat - Franklin.

    Their first school was built in 1881 and burned three years later. A huge windstorm in 1913 destroyed every public building in Robertson County, including Franklin's four churches.


    Franklin, Texas Landmarks
    Franklin Tx Robertson County Courthouse
    Robertson County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2014
    Robertson County Jail, Franklin Texas
    Robertson County Jail
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
    The Carnegie Library in Franklin
    Carnegie Library, Franklin, Texas
    The Carnegie Library in Franklin
    TE Photo
    The 1914 Carnegie Library is perhaps more striking than the courthouse (allowing for it's smaller size). One of only five Carnegie Libraries still being used for its original purpose (out of 31) in Texas, this one once had it's basement filled with sand to curtail mosquito breeding. The basement also served as a changing room for Franklin High School sports teams. It is perhaps the only Carnegie Library in the state to display a portrait of Andrew Carnegie.

    In 1908 The Carnegie Foundation changed from the Greek Revival and Beaux-Arts styles to more modest single story structures. The lecture halls or stage areas were assigned to basements after 1908. Although this building was built after the "grand" libraries of Belton, Terrell and Ballinger, it maintains an elegance that many other two-story libraries lack.
    Franklin Texas former feed store
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

    Franklin Chronicles

    The Grave of the last Civil War Soldier
    In the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery, about four miles SE from Franklin on FM 2446, you'll find the final resting place of Walter Williams, last soldier of either side to die. Walter served in the Confederacy.

    Tallest Man in the World
    (From Sideshow Texans by Mike Cox)
    James Grover Tarver was born in Franklin in 1885. He grew up to a strapping eight-foot-two and hit the circuit in 1909. He worked for four different circuses, billed either as the Texas Giant or Tallest Man in the World. I was a cowboy until I got bigger than the pony, he told crowds. Tarver stayed in show business until 1933.


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    Calvert | Bryan | College Station
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