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Beautiful Frisco Colorado is set in the Heart of Summit County. Being centrally located Frisco brings visitors from all over the world for its world class skiing and the home town feel. Located within 20 mins to four major ski resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, Frisco provides the gateway to the rockies.
With a rich history Frisco was home to Ute Indians, trappers and mountain men as well as, the mining boom. One of the most interesting facts about Frisco is how it got its name. In 1875 a scout captain named Henry Learned, attached a sign to a cabin declaring this new place “Frisco City.” Most people automatically assume he was attempting to name this city after San Francisco. It was not that at all. He used a combination of names from the St. Louis-San Francisco railway. He wanted to ensure the fact that the Frisco line came through his emerging town. Using the FR from San Francisco, the IS from St. Louis and the CO from company is how he came up with Frisco. Unfortunately the Frisco Line never made it to Frisco Colorado, instead they took more of a southern path to Frisco Texas. Though, Mr. Learned was unsuccessful with the St. Louis-San Francisco Company a few years later two new train companies had decided to make a stop in Frisco: The Denver South Park and Pacific as well as the Denver and Rio Grande train company. In 1879 the “Town of Frisco” was created when they decided to drop “city” from the title. Learned went on to be Frisco’s Mayor, school board member, notary of the public, justice of the peace, post master as well as a store proprietor.
A forgotten past comes before any white men settled Frisco or Summit County. Frisco especially, was Ute Indian land. The landscape we see today was made from the Ute lifestyle. Every year they would burn the valley floor, making sure dead and dyeing species were eradicated and the trees that could not survive multiple burnings would not grow back. This It was a way to ensure a beautiful healthy forrest as well as creating vast grasses for the horse and buffalo to eat. The Ute would follow the buffalo heard from the mountains to the plains in the winter and back into the mountains in the summer. This early people were chased onto reservations in southeastern Colorado as well as Utah. A peace treaty was signed in 1880 in Washington DC but only a year later all of the Utes and mountain indian tribes were forced out and made more room for the hunters, trappers, miners and those recently moving west.
When the great depression hit, it was felt all over the state of Colorado. Frisco lost many of its residents and the population dropped to only 18 people. Frisco managed to continue its mining claims in the surrounding areas where as most mines in Summit County were closed and abandoned. By 1946 the towns population had increased to 50. Since then Frisco now calls 2,800 people full time year round residents. Today Frisco is a blossoming summer tourist town with fantastic events. Also, it is nestled in the heart of Summit County making it extremely easy to access all of the high country skiing one can handle. Frisco benefits from the more than 3 million people who stay in the area for the winter activities. A new boom has hit the high country, that seems to never be going away.