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Franklin County was named after Franklin D. Richards, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it is the only Franklin County in the United States that is not named after Benjamin Franklin.
Preston is the County seat. It is the banking and commerical center of Franklin County and is situated on an eminence 200 feet above the rest of the valley.
Franklin County has many places of scenic beauty and points of interest. Little Mountain (or Mt. Lookout) located between Preston and Franklin attracts a great deal of attention because of it being completely separated from the Wasatch range and is a rather outstanding landmark in the valley.
The Oneida Narrows, Cub River canyon, Franklin Basin, Litz Basin, and Willow Flat are some of the outstanding beauty spots. The Preston Hill Climb for snowmobiles occurs every year during the last weekend in January. It is exciting and spectators can see some of the best snowmobilers in the country.
Awaiting the fishermen and water-skiers who come from miles around are nine reservoirs. Peaceful campgrounds and refreshing hikes are within an easy distance. Snowmobiling is a favorite sport in the Bear River Range of the Wasatch Mountains and the Wellsville and Malad Ranges surrounding our town. The local hunting opportunities include deer, elk, moose, pheasant, duck, geese and mountain lion.