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Franklin County, Idaho

US county information
NameFranklin County
StateIdaho
SeatPreston
Largest cityPreston
US Area
Total Area668.36 sq mi (1731.1 km2)
Land Area665.43 sq mi (1723.5 km2)
Water Area2.92 sq mi (7.6 km2)
Population11329 (2000)
Density6.6/km2 (17.0/sq mi)
Named forFranklin D. Richards
Time zoneMountain
Time zoneMountain: UTC-7/-6: -7/-6

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Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 11,329 (2008 estimate: 12,454). The county seat and largest city is Preston. Franklin County is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Established in 1913, Franklin County was named after Franklin D. Richards, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it is the only Franklin County in the United States that is not named after Benjamin Franklin.

The Bear River Massacre took place in present day Franklin County on January 29, 1863.


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