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Franklin County, Illinois

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  • Ada May Shauck (1856 - 1934)
  • SGM James Robert Lowman (1921 - 1972)
    Veteran - SGM James Robert Lowman, US Army, World War II, Korea and Vietnam Burial in East Fork Cemetery, West Frankfort, Franklin County, IL. Source:
  • John Malkovich
    John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Cro...
  • Gene Rayburn (1917 - 1999)
    Television Announcer/Game Show Host/Actor. He was born Eugene Jelyevich in Christopher, Illinois. He was the only child of Croatian immigrants. He acted in high school plays and hoped to follow an acti...
  • Ira Marion Jordan (1873 - 1960)

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Franklin County was established on January 2, 1818 and formed from parts of Gallatin and White counties. It was named for Benjamin Franklin.

The high levels of gas found in Franklin County's coal deposits have resulted in mining disasters and explosions over the years. Between 1905 and 1968, there were eleven mine disasters. In 1905, the Zeigler No. 1 mine, located in Zeigler, had an explosion that killed about fifty people. In 1917, an explosion in Old Ben Mine No. 11, located in Christopher, killed 17. The worst explosion occurred in 1951, in the Orient No. 2 Mine in West Frankfort, in which 119 people died.

Adjacent Counties


  • Benton (County Seat)
  • Christopher
  • Orient
  • Sesser
  • West Frankfort
  • Zeigler

Other Villages, Townships & Communities: Barren, Benton, Browning, Buckner, Cave, Denning, Eastern, Ewing, Frankfort, Freeman Spur, Goode, Hanaford, Macedonia, Mulkeytown, North City, Northern, Royalton, Six Mile, Thompsonville, Tyrone, Valier and West City



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