New Franklin Four Trails Crossroad


Vintage Hill barn blockThere are two towns named Franklin in the Boonslick country. The original Franklin was chartered in 1828, on the Missouri River floodplain about half a mile southwest of New Franklin. New Franklin replaced old Franklin following a Missouri River flood. The Katy Trail State Park runs through both communities. There is a trail head just south of New Franklin. Country music star Sara Evans grew up on a farm just outside of New Franklin.

The Thomas Hickman House on the grounds of the Missouri University Horticultural and Agricultural Research Center at the western edge of town is the oldest known brick building west of the Mississippi River. The house dates back to 1819. In October the research farm hosts the Missouri Chestnut Roast which includes tours of the farm and house, free roasted chestnuts and specialty food vendors.

New Franklin is known as the Four Trails crossroads because the Katy Trail State Park, Boonslick Road, the Santa Fe Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail converge in New Franklin. A Santa Fe Trail Memorial is located just south of town where the Katy Trail crosses highway 5. Every year the town hosts Santa Fe Days.

Santa Fe trail memorial

For more information about New Franklin, go to www.newfranklin.missouri.org.