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Franklin County

Franklin County is named for Franklin D Richards, who was an early Later Day Saints Church apostle.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bannock County and Caribou County

E – Bear Lake County

S – Cache County, Utah

W – Oneida County


Created:  January 20, 1913                                                        Map of Idaho highlighting Franklin County

County Seat: 

Preston  1913 – present


County Courthouse – Preston 


Location:  39 West Oneida Street / State Street

Built:  1936 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Hyrun C Pope

Contractor:  O E Millard of Logan, Utah and Isakson & Morrin of Ogden, Utah


Description:  The building  faces north and is a three story white colored veneer of paint and sand and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Preston. The building has a raised basement. The north front has eleven bays with windows between. Windows on the west and east sides are set behind concrete grillwork. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the building has a lateral hallway and a curved double staircase leading up to the second story. The walls are plaster sectioned with strips of wood molding. The ceilings are plaster with inset coving. The woodwork is oak finished with a pale varnish. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 6th Judicial District. The building was constructed as a Public Works Administration project. W F Thomas supervised the construction and the inspector was Albion Wicklund.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Franklin County Courthouse


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Bannock CountyBear Lake CountyCaribou CountyOneida County and Power County.


History:  The county was created in 1913 and Preston was selected as the county seat. The county rented space in the Larson Block which served as the first courthouse and then in the Greaves Building which was enlarged to serve as the second courthouse. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939 at a cost of $135,000.



County Courthouse – Preston







Photos taken 2011