The city was named
for Benjamin Franklin in 1828. The region lies along the crest
of the Missouri River bluffs. It was laid out by James Alcorn,
a Revolutionary War soldier, in 1828.
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New Franklin is the final destination of the MKT
Railroad's fully restored caboose #127 filled with railroad
memorablia & artifacts. New Franklin is rich in railroad history.
Site of the Hickman House, the oldest known brick
structure west of the Mississippi River, located at MU Horticulture
Farm in New Franklin.
The Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center
has hundreds of beautiful experimental flowers, plants and vegetables.
The original town of Franklin, destroyed by
flood, was the official beginning of the Santa Fe Trail.
Four trails passed through New Franklin as
our country was being explored -- Lewis & Clark, Boonslick
Road, Santa Fe Trail, and Katy Trail State Park. Hence the logo:
"Four Trails Crossroad."
Birthplace & resting place of Edgar "Jelly"
Settles, author of our state song, "Missouri Waltz."
MKT (Katy) Railroad division point with roundhouse
& turntable for nearly 100 years. The turntable is still
in excellent working condition.
South Howard County Historical Society hosts
a visitor's center year round with a wealth of information about
the history of our area, genealogy and cemetery records.
Silverliners Senior Center is the only self-supported
center in the state of Missouri. They have a waiting list for
custom quilting and serve an open breakfast the first Sunday of
each month. (Homemade biscuits and gravy!)
We have B & Bs, Fine Dining, and Camping along
the Katy Trail State Park.