Franklin County

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Franklin

Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.

 

Created:  February 6, 1818

County Seat:

Belgreen      1818 – 1890

Russellville  1890 – present

 

County Courthouse – Russellville

 

Location:  410 North Jackson Avenue / East Limestone Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Johnson and Jones of Starkville, Mississippi

Contractor:  Craig and Baskerville Inc. of Florence

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The northwest front has a projecting center section with six vertical dividers with entrance and clock in the center. The roof line is flat. On the southeast side is the two story buff colored brick Courthouse Annex constructed in 1936 to 1937 under the Works Administration Program. To the southwest across the street is the Elizabeth Lucas County Courthouse Annex constructed by Carl S Mitchell and Home Builders in 2002.

 

Note:  In 1818, the first courthouse was a wood structure built by Mr. Dooley in Belgreen. In 1890, the building was destroyed by fire. The second and previous three story brick courthouse was designed by Mr. Rosseau and constructed by John Barrett in 1891 in Russellville. The building was destroyed by fire on January 13, 1953.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Colbert County

E – Lawrence County 

S – Winston County and Marion County 

W – Itawambe County, Mississippi and Tishomingo County, Mississippi

    

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Courthouse Annex 1937

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex 2002

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2018