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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.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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