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Upon separating from the town of Salisbury in 1820, citizens first thought to name their community after New Hampshire native Daniel Webster. But the state already had a town called Webster, so Benjamin Franklin was honored instead.
Franklin flourished as a milling and industrial community, capitalizing on the water power made available by its location at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers. Old mill buildings, dams and the upside-down, covered Sulphite Bridge provide a historical perspective on industry and transportation.
Other reminders of the past include the 1892 Franklin Opera House, a Romanesque Revival structure, and the 1820 Congregational Christian Church, Franklin's first church. In front of the church, 47 S. Main St., is a bust of Daniel Webster created by Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the seated Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a multiuse scenic trail with numerous viewing areas near downtown Franklin. White-water kayaking is a popular recreational activity.
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