212 of 254 Franklin County Courthouse, Mount Vernon, Texas. County Population: 10,605
"Franklin County is located in northeast Texas, one county removed from Oklahoma and three counties removed from Arkansas. The county comprises 294 square miles of the post oak belt and is heavily wooded; post oak, blackjack oak, and pine trees predominate. The terrain varies from nearly level to rolling.
"[Anglo Saxon] settlement began in the late 1830s along the eastern edge of what became Franklin County; most of the early settlers came from the upper southern states, predominantly Tennessee. The Cherokee Trace passed through the area, and by the late 1840s the central part of the county was also settled. By 1870 Mount Vernon had a population of 223. The county was marked off by the legislature in March 1875 and named for Judge Benjamin C. Franklin, an early Red River County settler. An election was held on April 30, 1875, to select the county seat. Mount Vernon won by a large majority, and the matter was never again contested."
Cecil Harper, Jr., "FRANKLIN COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online
I visited Franklin County and photographed the courthouse in Mount Vernon on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Since the courthouse was undergoing a restoration, I will be returning to Franklin County again in the near future.