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Steamboat Washington

(1816 – 1826) The steamboat “Washington” was 28 feet wide and 136 feet long and built with 2 decks, and a flat bottom for maneuvering in shallow water.  It stopped at Franklin in 1821.  On its second trip up the Missouri River in early 1826 it was carrying passengers and supplies for Fort Leavenworth  It Read more about Steamboat Washington[…]

The Santa Fe Trail

In 1816 a group of men obtained 50 acres and had the land platted for the town of Franklin, named for Benjamin Franklin.  By 1819 Franklin was growing faster than any other town along the Missouri River.  It was the point of organization of the early caravans to Santa Fe.  William Becknell and Benjamin Cooper Read more about The Santa Fe Trail[…]