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The City of Franklin is located at the junction of the Pemigewasset River and the Winnipesaukee River, where it forms the Merrimack River, in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Settled in 1764, it was originally known as Pemigewasset Village but, in 1820, its name was changed to honor Benjamin Franklin. Water poer from the falls helped the community develop as a mill town. Franklin incorporated as a town in 1828, and as a city in 1895. Daniel Webster was born in a section of Franklin that was then a part of Salisbury, and as an adult, he owned The Elms, a farm near the Merrimack River, along what is now known as US Route 3. The unincorporated village of West Franklin is situated within the town. US Route 3 and NH Route 11 form Central Street, which serves as the main street of Franklin.


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