Indiana: Johnson County

Johnson County (pop. 139,654) is east of Morgan County and just south of Indianapolis. Its population has grown steadily over the years; in 1950, it was 26,183.

The county seat of Johnson County is the city of Franklin (pop. 23,712).

Johnson County Courthouse (1881)

Franklin College is a private liberal arts college in Franklin, founded in 1834. It was the first college in Indiana to admit women, in 1842.

About 1,000 students

Actress Marjorie Main (1890-1975), an Indiana native, attended Franklin College. She played Ma Kettle in 10 “Ma and Pa Kettle” movies between 1947 and 1957.

The Artcraft Theatre (America’s only one) in Franklin was built in 1922 and recently restored. Swartz Family Mortuary sponsors a free Senior Movie Series.

The World’s Largest Rocking Chair is just south of Franklin.

It was associated with a furniture store.

The “Franklin Wonder 5” was a group of basketball players that played together in grade school, won three state championships, 1920-22, and played together (and were undefeated) at Franklin College in 1923.

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