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Franklin Sidewalk

Picture of property Parallel to Bus. US Hwy 69 btw Franklin and Arma
Franklin (Crawford County)
Listed in National Register Mar 16, 2007

Architect: Not listed
Area of Significance: transportation
Architectural Style(s): Other

Constructed in 1936 with federal funding assistance, the Franklin Sidewalk connects two rural mining communities in Crawford County - Arma and Franklin. It was erected, in part, due to increased foot traffic along U.S. Highway 69 as a result of school consolidation in the late 1920s. Franklin was smaller than Arma and was hit hard by the declining mining industry in the late 1920s and 1930s. Franklin residents relied heavily on businesses in Arma for goods and services. Safe pedestrian travel between Arma and Franklin appears to have been the key reason for the sidewalk's construction. State Highway Commission records indicate that the sidewalk was built as part of a 1.7-mile project that involved improvements to ditches and drainage, bridges and culverts, grubbing hedges, grading, surfacing, grass seeding, and signage. The 3-foot wide sidewalk begins at the south edge of Arma and stretches south 1.7 miles to the south edge of Franklin, and runs parallel along the east side of Business Highway 69.

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