Established in 1818 as one of the 15 original counties, Franklin county's first seat was in Frankfort
is the current county seat. It is located in southern Illinois in the heart of "Little Egypt" country.
Historically significant sites in the county include the Franklin county jail. Built in 1874 (as the third of a succession of courthouse/jails), it is home to memorabilia of the gangster era during the days of prohibition as well as famous Benton natives such as General Gen. John A. Logan and a visit by George Harrison of the Beatles, a band from England popular in the 1960's.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 40,365, an increase of 46 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
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