Franklin, Idaho

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Franklin is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 641 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Founded by Mormon pioneers led by Thomas S. Smart on April 14, 1860 in what was then Washington Territory. The town received its name after Franklin Richards, an Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Franklin is the first permanent European settlement in present-day Idaho. However, the town's founders believed the townsite was in Utah Territory. Its political status remained ambiguous until an 1872 survey determined the townsite was in Idaho Territory about 1 mile (0.6 kilometers) north of the Utah Territory border [1].

Franklin is the location of a portion of the filming of the movie Napoleon Dynamite. The chicken farm scenes of the movie were filmed on Ritewood Egg Farms property, and the supervisor's character is loosely based on Marlow Woodward, a late Franklin resident and son of the farm's founder.[1]


Franklin is located at 42°0′58″N 111°48′11″W / 42.01611°N 111.80306°W / 42.01611; -111.80306 (42.016039, -111.803101).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 641 people, 195 households, and 156 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.0 people per square mile (325.6/km²). There were 219 housing units at an average density of 286.6/sq mi (111.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.92% White, 0.16% Native American, 9.05% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.67% of the population.

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