About Frisco

The Ute Indians were the first people to travel the region now known as Summit County where Frisco lies. Mountain men seeking the thick fur of beavers were the first white settlers to the area, coming to the high mountain lakes to trap in 1810 and staying through the 1840s.When miners followed in the 1870s, Frisco was in the thick of the activity with a stagecoach and two major railroad routes coming together there. Frisco was founded in 1873 and officially chartered in 1879 by Henry Recen. The mining boom lasted until 1918 and the town reached a population of 250.

The depression hit Frisco hard. By 1930, the permanent population had dropped to just 18 people, yet it was one of the few old mining towns still in existence. Like Dillon and Silverthorne, Frisco flourished in the mining days and held on when the mines played out. By 1946, the population had risen to 50.

Skiing revived Frisco beginning in 1946. With the opening of Arapahoe Basin in 1946, skiing became the economic engine of Summit County. Breckenridge followed in 1961, Keystone in 1970, and Copper Mountain in 1972, making "The Summit" one of the greatest destination ski areas in the country. It was coined "Colorado's Playground". Currently, the permanent population of the Frisco real estate area is 2, 800 full-time residents. The number of part-time residents varies with some 3 million people a year coming to all of Summit County.

Four of the country's best ski resorts have grown up near Frisco: Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin. Loveland Ski Area is a short drive over Loveland Pass or through the Eisenhower Tunnel, while Vail, Beaver Creek and Ski Cooper are less than 1 hour away.

Much of Frisco's past has been preserved in the Frisco Historical Park on Main Street in the downtown area. Most of these 19th century log cabins, including a chapel, private residences, and a jail house, have been moved to this site and restored to be put on display. Frisco's Old Schoolhouse, converted to a town museum, has a rich collection of mining, railroad and Colorado pioneer history on display.

In summer, mild humidity-free weather, outdoor festivals and abundant hiking and biking trails add to the enjoyment in Frisco. One can put in a boat at the Frisco Bay Marina on Lake Dillon and enjoy the 25 miles of pine forested shoreline and 3,300 acre Dillon Reservoir encircled by Swan Mountain, Gore and Ten Mile ranges.

Business operators will find Interstate access, steady tourist influx, well-educated and motivated workers, a first-class infrastructure and a growing residential base. For families, parks, schools, playgrounds, libraries, historic park, marina, Nordic Skiing Center, health-care facilities and shopping are all within easy access, often by foot.

Frisco Homes Information

Encircled by the Arapahoe National Forest, and bordered by the shores of Lake Dillon, the Frisco real estate area is the geographic heart of Summit County. During the winter months, Frisco's proximity to the Continental Divide often means that storms dump snow overnight, and the next day the sky is blue and the sun is shining. It is a breathtaking part of the country, and Frisco homes—from mountain chalets to lakefront condos—reflect the beauty of their surroundings

Household Stats
Median household income:
$62,267 (2000)

For population 25 years and over in Frisco:

  • Graduate or professional degree: 16.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 60.5%

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