Franklin/Arma Sidewalk

Thanks to those who voted for the Franklin/Arma
 Historic Sidewalk
 in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs Contest. 

The historic sidewalk was one of the 24 finalists.
While we were not chosen as one of the 8 Wonders we are
very proud of the sidewalk and invite you to take a walk on this historic site.

National and Kansas Historic Site
Guinness World Record Holder

March 16, 2007   Franklin/Arma Sidewalk is listed on National Register of Historic Places. 

November 18,2006:  The Franklin/Arma Sidewalk is listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places, the state register.   
The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review has approved the nomination of the Franklin/Arma Sidewalk to the National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination will be forwarded to the office of the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C. where it will be evaluated by their professional staff.  If they concur with the findings of the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review, the property will be granted inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  This property is now protected under the Kansas HIstoric Preservation Act (K.S.A. 75-1715 through 75-2725)

Future Plans
Our plans include clearing and restoring the sidewalk the entire 1.7 mile length.  If you or an organization you know would like to take part in this project please send us an e-mail with your contact information.  Once we have all the details worked out we will contact you.   Our plans are to have it divided into sections such as "adopt a block".   Send your info to become part of this historic restoration.  Thanks.

"Fun things to do on a sidewalk"

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Phyllis Bitner, Chairman
Heritage Committee
Arriving for Board of Review Meeting

Sarah J. Martin
National Register Coordinator
Cultural Resources Division
Kansas State Historical Society
Presenting Application to Board of Review

Several Members of the Board of Review
listening to presentation

Sidewalk as it existed in 2006

Longest sidewalk connecting two towns

Possible explanations about the sidewalk:

Many stories but not enough facts yet.   It appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records perhaps in the 50s or 60s as the longest sidewalk between two towns. Another possibility is that it appeared in Ripley's Believe it or Not.  It's also been said that it appeared in Life Magazine in approximately 1938.   Does anyone remember anything about this?  Please e-mail me at    

Following are facts that are available thus far on the sidewalk: 
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August 18, 1936

Article in Pittsburg

August 21, 1936

Article in Pittsburg

Sidewalk in 2006

Many areas of the original
sidewalk still in very good condition

A few bumps in the road

Some sections are covered by years of grass and dirt but the sidewalk lays beneath 3 feet wide

Work Day June 4, 2005

Helping hands uncovered the original 3' sidewalk in front of the
 Franklin Community Park

The sidewalk runs adjacent to the Franklin Community Park & Memorial Garden


Jill & Aiden Ashbacher

Sara Mitchell
Riding her bike

Zoe Mitchell, Ashton Lewis, Sarah Mitchell

Katie Mullen
Doing Cartwheels

Katie Mullen
Playing Hopscotch

Agnes "Aggie" Goodman & Frances OBlak
Neighbors visiting

Katie Mullen

Katie Mullen

Katie Mullen
Sidewalk Art

Brenda & Craig Stokes
Walking the Dog (Maggie)

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