Franklin, Texas is centrally located among the Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio metroplexes. Starting near Texarkana, US-79 that serves Franklin, crosses all of East Texas ending in the Austin Metroplex. The central location of Franklin allows the best of both worlds - the shopping and arts offered in large cities and the luxury of quiet country living. With a population of less than 1,600, the City of Franklin is proud of its exemplary school system, churches, and tight knit community.
The nearest major city is Bryan, Texas, which is only 40 minutes from Deep Creek Forest. Other neighboring cities include: Centerville, TX - 42 miles, Waco, TX - 65 miles and Temple, TX - 67 miles.
Pridgeon Community Center & Visitor Center
The Visitor Information Center and Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce are both located in the Pridgeon Community Center. The Pridgeon Center is a 12,500 square foot facility that features a Main Hall that can seat up to 800 people and meeting rooms for smaller groups.
Robertson County Courthouse - National Register of Historic Places
The Robertson County Jail was completed in 1879 and the courthouse was completed in 1881. In 1924, the courthouse was reconstructed and the original roofs and cornices were removed and replaced with parapets and overhangs covered with tile to suggest a Spanish Renaissance character. A new 27,700 square foot annex located behind the courthouse was completed in 2010.
Franklin Cemetery - Texas Historic Landmark
The Franklin Cemetery was established in 1880. A tall shimmering white marble obelisk marks the oldest burial site. The cemetery includes markers of six Civil War veterans and two Spanish American War Veterans. Of particular interest are twenty-three handsome Woodmen of the World markers. Franklin Cemetery is the final resting place of famed musicians Texas Ruby Owens Fox and Doie "Tex" Owens, writer of the song "Cattle Call." Markers for vocalists Laura Lee McBride and Dick McBride who performed and recorded with Bob Wills' Band are found in the cemetery, as well.
Historic Trails & Markers
Two Historic Trails come through Franklin - the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail and the Texas Historic Brazos Trail. Both trails were designated to preserve archeological, historical and cultural resources. Brochures and maps showing the location of the trails as well as historic markers located in the area are available at the Chamber of Commerce offices.
Franklin Ranch Community/Sports Park
The Community Park is 84 acres of year round family fun located just north of Franklin on FM 46. The park features three signature baseball fields, two softball fields, a multipurpose baseball/softball field, and two football fields. In addition, there are two pavilions, a splash pad, and amphitheater, three concession stands, and nine miles of walking trails. The park also has a fishing lake and fishing shack, and outdoor education center, and several playgrounds and open areas for play.