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Franklin County is a county located in the state of Idaho. Based on the 2010 census, the county had a
population of 12,786. The county was created in 1913. The
county seat and largest city is
Preston. Franklin county is named after Franklin D.
Richards, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Franklin County is part of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The Bear River Massacre took place in present-day Franklin County on January 29, 1863.
Franklin County is named for Franklin, the first permanent town in the state, in turn named for Franklin Richards, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Established January 20, 1913 with its county seat at Preston. Named for the first settlement in Idaho, Franklin, which in turn was named for Franklin Richards, an apostle of the Mormon Church. The settlement began in Franklin county in 1860 with thirteen families. The county is the only Franklin County in the United States that is not named after Benjamin Franklin.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 668 square miles (1,730 km2), of which 664 square miles (1,720 km2) is land and 4.7 square miles (12 km2) (0.7%) is water.
Franklin county is located in southeast Idaho. Part of the Cache National Forest and Caribou National Forest are located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: