For starters, here’s a little history about Franklin. Franklin was a coal mining town from 1885 to about 1922 and was owned by the Oregon Improvement Company. In Franklin’s prime, it was a bustling little town complete with company owned housing, a general store, a post office, a small school, it’s own town hall, and two saloons. A total of 1,100 people called Franklin home.
On August 24, 1894, Franklin was the site of the second worst coal mine disaster at the time. It fatally claimed the lives of 37 coal miners fighting a fire in the mines. It was later stated by officials that the fire was maliciously caused. For more information visit Black Diamond History
For Trail Info go click here Washington Trails Association
This is about a 2.5 mile hike that isn’t too difficult. There are a few hills that were enough to get my heart pumping a little. This trail is only partially maintained. There is a good portion of it that is really narrow and on the side of a hill. You will need to watch your footing for a fairly substantial portion of the hike. Last fall, parts of the trail washed down the hill. Although the trail was intact today, I wouldn’t recommend it for small children.
I enjoy this hike because it feels like taking a step into history for a little bit. You can see the foundations of the old buildings or have a look down the old mine shaft. The shaft has a grate over it, but since it goes down to 1300 ft, I wasn’t super eager to have a look. There is also an old cemetery. It’s not as creepy as I thought it was going to be. The graves are spread out around the trail and help add to the historical setting.
If you’re into history or creepy ghost towns, Google possible trails in your area! I know we have a few in Washington and like this one, they are usually a small hike that you can do in a few hours.
The last two hikes where full of Pokemon stops and battle grounds. Sadly, this trail has none. Although, I was Geocaching without even knowing it. I was just looking to one side and boom, there is was. Even though I have tried before, this was my first find ever.
Having my Juboury Hydration Backpack on a little more intense hike… Love it! When hiking up a long stretch of hill it is handy to have water, ya know, whenever. Also, I’m still bug bite free due to the doTerra TerraSheild. Next week we are going on a much longer hike so I’ll really get to test everything out!!