Community Strengths & Facilities

Availability of Housing:  Franklin has many residential opportunities available. There are older homes that can be purchased at very affordable prices and lots for new construction are available.

  The community’s location—just off 69 Highway (a major corridor between Kansas City and Pittsburg, Ks./Joplin, Mo)  makes access to larger economic markets within a short driving distance.

Public Services: 
  Rural Fire Department is located less than 2 miles from town.   The ambulance service is located at the south end of the community. 

Public Involvement
. Participation  is very active.  The community council was formed in October, 2003 shortly after the devastating tornado that occurred.  This organization is dealing with the rebuilding issues as well as looking to the future and planning for an organized involvement in maintaining the community and it's assets thus making the community a very desirable location for people looking to relocate.  The pride in the community is evident through the large group of volunteers who work side by side in the rebuilding efforts.   A newsletter is sent to residents to keep them informed.   

Residents have worked diligently to revitalize the community.   A community park is being built in the center of town which will beautify the area.  The park will include a walking area for seniors, a shelter for picnics and summer gatherings and a playground for children.  Plans also include a bocci court and a basketball court.  With the help of the State Forestry department trees were planted the entire length of 69 highway on Arbor Day, 2004.

Community Facilities:
  The community center is a multi purpose community building which is available for  many uses.  It is available for community meetings and gatherings.  Many historical artifacts and papers are on display.  Miners Hall Museum is located at the site. 

Community Park: 
The community park is centrally located.  The park includes a walking path, playground area, covered shelter area adjoined by a built in barbeque pit, bocce court, horseshoe pit, memorial garden area and large parking area.  

History:  The community was established over 100 years ago (1907).  It began as a tiny mining camp and grew to a thriving small community.  The residents are very aware of the significance that history played in the building of this community.   Residents worked hand in hand to salvage artifacts from historic buildings so they can be incorporated into the new structures and the park. "Knowing where we came from helps us to know where we are going."