Franklin Relic Hall - 1937

Franklin Relic Hall - 1937 (HMTV2)

Location: Franklin, ID 83237 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 1.033', W 111° 48.05'

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The log Relic Hall is a fine example of Depression Era rustic architecture. Completed in 1937, it also represents a successful early effort to preserve and interpret community history. The building was designed in 1935 by architect Chris Gunderson to evoke the region's pioneer past. Constructing the Relic Hall was a cooperative effort. It was built on land deeded to the State of Idaho by the pioneer association using timber provided by the U.S. Forest Service. The Franklin Relic Hall is a landmark in the community and a tribute to Franklin's earliest settlers.

The building was constructed of timber cut by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC, a federal relief program of the 1930's provided work and vocational training for unemployed single young men. The CCC built roads, bridges and buildings and completed forestry projects on public lands. The Franklin Relic Hall is a landmark in the community and a tribute to Franklin's earliest settlers.

Franklin resident Elliott Butterworth was the force behind the preservation of relics in the community. Butterworth emigrated from England at age 16 and lived in Franklin from 1869 to 1912 where he operated a general store. During that time, he collected and assembled more than a thousand items of memorabilia related to Franklin's pioneer past, which he donated to the town of Franklin. His passion for history led to his founding the Franklin Pioneer Association in 1910.

The Idaho Pioneer Association at the first Idaho Day celebration in 1910. In 1923, this group purchased the FCMI store to display the artifacts collected by Elliott Butterworth. When the collection outgrew the building, the group led an effort for construction of a new relic hall.

HM NumberHMTV2
Year Placed1937
Placed ByIdaho State Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 433694 N 4651997
Decimal Degrees42.01721667, -111.80083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 1.033', W 111° 48.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 1' 1.98" N, 111° 48' 3.00" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113-121 E Main St, Franklin ID 83237, US
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