Thick stands of evergreens shaded the confluence of Tenmile and North Tenmile creeks, where “Frisco City” (1879, 9,907 feet) was platted as a stop for the DSP&P and the D&RG railroads. Frisco blossomed as a rail, ranching, and mining hamlet, but wilted after the railroads pulled out in 1937.
Fading Frisco came to be known as “Junk Junction” until completion of Dillon Reservoir and I-70's Eisenhower Tunnel triggered a new boom. The old rail depot was replaced by the Frisco Marina, and the town flaunted its shoreline location by adding a sailboat to its logo. During the 1980s, landscaping, a greenway and parks, and a historical park transformed the town, while its rail heritage was celebrated with the installation of a D&RG baggage car (1880) at 303 Main.
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.