I lived in Johnson City, TN for a brief stint. It was there that I drove on a major road named “State of Franklin Blvd”. I always thought it was a strange name for a road. Later I finally understood that the State of Franklin was a proposed name for part of East Tennessee.
Recently I’ve learned that the State of Franklin is not the only proposed state that was denied. In fact, here’s a dozen proposed US States!
- Franklin (Northeastern Tennessee) – 2 votes short of becoming an US State
- Jefferson (at different times Kansas, Texas, and Northern California/Southern Oregon)
- Superior (Northern Michigan) – you know that part of MI that is displaced by Lake Superior?
- Delmarva (parts of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia) – a peninsula made up of 3 states
- Absaroka (parts of Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota)
- Scott (a county in Tennessee) – was officially/unofficially a state for 125 years)
- Transylvania (parts of Tennessee and Kentucky) – bought illegally from the Cherokee and later rendered void
- Desert (parts of Utah and other surrounding states) – petitioned by the Mormons for their own state
- Westsylvania (most of West Virginia, parts of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), and Kentucky)
- Nickajack (parts of Alabama and Tennessee)
- Sequoya (part of Oklahoma) – counties given to different Native American tribes
- Lincoln (part of Texas, later the panhandle of Idaho