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Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA

Franklin, Venango, PA

The site was early occupied by the Indian village of Venango and after 1750 by forts of the French (Fort-Machault), the British (Fort Venango), and the Americans (Fort Franklin). The U.S. fort, erected in 1787, was named for Benjamin Franklin; a town, laid out and incorporated as a borough in 1795, developed around it. Franklin was the site of Pennsylvania’s third oil gusher when in 1860 James Evans, a blacksmith, dug a well for water and found oil instead. Within two years Franklin, with nearby Oil City, emerged as the hub of an oil region producing more than 2,000,000 barrels annually. The boom lasted until about 1900, when the oil-production centre shifted to the American Southwest. Among those attracted by the boom was the magnate John D. Rockefeller; John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was a co-owner of one of the early Franklin wells.

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  • 1854 - Franklin
    Franklin, a thriving post-borough, capital of Venango county, Pennsylvania, on the right bank of French creek, immediately above its entrance into...Read MORE...


  • News 1870 - FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT AT FRANKLIN! FALL OF THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE. SEVERAL LIVES LOST. DESTRUCTION OF THE MARSHALL HOUSE.
    About half past eleven o'clock yesterday morning, a fire broke out in the Marshall House, situated at the Franklin end of the Suspension Bridge at...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - Hotel Fire Results in Bridge Disaster
    A hotel at Franklin, Pa., was burned the other day, and the flames set fire to the wood work of a wire bridge over the Allegheny river, and the...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Franklin
    Franklin, a city, the capital of Venango co, Pa., is situated on the Allegheny River, at the mouth of French Creek, and on the Alleghany Valley...Read MORE...


  • Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA
    Erie R.R. Depot, Franklin, Pa.
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  • Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA
    City Hospital
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  • Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA
    Residences on Liberty St., Franklin, Pa.
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  • News 1911 - OIL REFINERY FIRE.
    Franklin, Pa., Oct. 13. - An oil fire at the Eclipse refinery, Franklin, information of which appeared in the Herald of yesterday, was reported last...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Franklin, a city, the capital of Venango co., Pa., Is situated on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of French Creek, and on the Alleghany Valley, the ...Read MORE...




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  • 1854 - Franklin
    Franklin, a thriving post-borough, capital of Venango county, Pennsylvania, on the right bank of French creek, immediately above its entrance into... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT AT FRANKLIN! FALL OF THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE. SEVERAL LIVES LOST. DESTRUCTION OF THE MARSHALL HOUSE.
    About half past eleven o'clock yesterday morning, a fire broke out in the Marshall House, situated at the Franklin end of the Suspension Bridge at... Read MORE...

  • News  1871 - Hotel Fire Results in Bridge Disaster
    A hotel at Franklin, Pa., was burned the other day, and the flames set fire to the wood work of a wire bridge over the Allegheny river, and the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Franklin
    Franklin, a city, the capital of Venango co, Pa., is situated on the Allegheny River, at the mouth of French Creek, and on the Alleghany Valley... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - OIL REFINERY FIRE.
    Franklin, Pa., Oct. 13. - An oil fire at the Eclipse refinery, Franklin, information of which appeared in the Herald of yesterday, was reported last... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Franklin, a city, the capital of Venango co., Pa., Is situated on the Alleghany River, at the mouth of French Creek, and on the Alleghany Valley, the ... Read MORE...

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