What kind of businesses or industries did Franklin have in 1860?
The largest would have been the Spencer & McCoy Cotton & Flour Mill at the end of East Main St. along with the Pugh Iron Works on 1st. Both were destroyed by Buell’s men in 1862. All the goods were taken from the Factory Store (Landmark Books), especially a wagon load of whiskey. Eelbeck, Priest, Wells had carriage shops.
Which 2-3 businesses were the most successful then?
The cotton & flour mill were the largest. The columns at the courthouse were by Pugh on First Ave. in 1858.
Source: Rick Warwick, Historian, Williamson County Historical Society