Franklin - Started in 1853. The Civil War may have begun at Fort Sumner, but the seeds of that conflict were planted in Kansas at least six years earlier than the start of the War. Franklin was a pro-slavery stronghold and was typical of the hostilities in Franklin. Lawrence was also started as a town at the same time but it was a free-state. High population was in 1860 with over 2,000.
Cameron - Stumbled across the remains of this town while hunting for arrowheads. I was able to find its name because it is still on our local t.v. stations weather map. I don't know how old this town is or why it was built in this area, between two large creeks.