|1878 Montgomery County Atlas, Franklin Twp.|
|1850 US Census, Franklin Twp, Montgomery County, Indiana|
"The land is here quite even and level, well adapted to agricultural purposes to which it has long been put, and by reason of which its residents have become independent and prosperous, as a general rule...There is a natural water shed running through the township, dividing the waters of the Walnut fork from those of the Sugar Creek streams and running parallel with the latter. This rises in the eastern portion of the township to the north and crosses south of the middle of the western border to the junction of these waters north of the city of Crawfordsville. On either side of this ridge springs abound, whose waters on the north flow to Sugar Creek and those on the south side to Walnut fork."
"The banks of both Sugar Creek and Walnut fork present irregularities, from rugged to steep cliffs to gentle slopes. Under the surface is a sub soil of sand, gravel, shale, and clays, intermixed with every variety of fertilizing material. This found, in places to extend down as deep as one hundred feet and in several cases as deep as two hundred feet. This makes an inexhaustible warehouse of the most reliable soil. The general surface soil in this township is rich and produces its annual crops of grains and grasses common to this latitude...Among the pretty tributaries of Sugar Creek are Honey Creek, Middle Fork, Big Run, Hazel Creek, etc." From History of Franklin Township, Montgomery County, Indiana (1913), viewed 6 Mar 2015 at http://history.rays-place.com/in/mont-franklin.htm.