City of Franklin
430 13th Street
Franklin, PA 16323
Monday, October 01, 2007
Downtown Franklin by Jack Schultz
Franklin, PA (population 7,200) is the county seat of Venango County. Venango is an Indian word for ‘Beautiful River Runs Through It’ and the Allegheny River which runs from Oil City to Franklin and then on down to Pittsburgh, is certainly a beauty.
Franklin, also called the Victorian City, was an important French fort. A young British officer named George Washington was sent to the town in 1753 to warn the French that they were trespassing on land claimed by Great Britain.
downtown is one of the loveliest I’ve seen in my travels with all of
its old two and three story brick buildings still intact and largely
occupied on the main floor. Efforts are under way to redevelop the
upper floors with apartments and condos, something that I view as
critical to long term success in any downtown.
Franklin is a wonderfully charming town with a bright future.
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