The mid 1900s brought more growth to Northwest Franklin County. Small towns like Hilliard(s) became a center of social activity and business for the area. Because Northwest Franklin County was a farming community, the most noticeable architecture in many towns was either a church or giant silos.
Because more people moved to the area, services such as the post office were expanded and new buildings were constructed. Fire departments, police departments, and others were built as simple box-shaped buildings.
Because of World War II, homes became simple in style and less expensive to build. They were no longer large, often only one story, and did not have fancy porches, windows, or rooflines. Row after row of homes that looked almost alike began to line the streets of towns in the area. More people could afford homes because of the popular simple style.
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Overview compiled by Bill Wheeler