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WCSX City of the Week

Congratulations to Franklin,

You’re the WCSX City of the Week

Franklin factoids

  • The community was founded in 1825 by Elijah Bullock and other European-American settlers. It was actually named after founding father Ben Franklin

  • The downtown was designated as an historic district, the first in Michigan, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.

  • Michigan’s Territorial Council passed a law in 1827 requiring every township with fifty or more inhabitants to establish a school. The following year, the first school in Southfield Township was built in Franklin Village. Sophie Gotie taught twenty-nine students in a log schoolhouse located near the still extant house of early settler Daniel Broughton. In 1945 after rebuilding the school to fit more modern standards it joined the Birmingham School District.

  • Franklin is known for the Franklin Cider Mill, just north of the village’s borders in neighboring Bloomfield Township. The Franklin Cider Mill was established as a gristmill in 1837, the year Michigan became a state. It was converted to a cider mill in 1949, making it the best cider mill in Michigan according to Cameraman Steven.