County/ Denton County, North
Hwy 289 and FM 720
12 miles N of Dallas
10 miles W of McKinney
(2000) 6,138 (1990)
History in a
Frisco had formerly been named after the landowner of the townsite - Francis
Emerson. When the town was granted a post office in 1902, it was renamed to avoid
confusion with Emberson, Texas in Lamar County. The town voted to name
their city after the railroad that served them.
The St. Louis, San
Francisco and Texas Railway was popularly named the "Frisco Line" -
their slogan "Ship it on the Frisco" was seen by impatient and irritated drivers
everywhere. The town became Frisco City - later shortened to Frisco.
Frisco became a shipping point and kept a respectable degree of autonomy
all through the 20th century. In 1960 there were less than 1,200 residents, and
even by 1980 it had only increased to 3,500. Today the population has increased
to 33,714 people.
Frisco is an amazing place. Fifteen years ago
I rode a bike through here 3-4 times a week and could traverse the built up section
of town in less than 5 minutes. Now the town stretches north to south along 289
for 5-7 miles.
I took pictures of the old downtown section and the central
fire station. Had anyone told me I could be impressed by a fire station I would
have thought they were nuts, until I saw this one. For a realistic view of town
you need pictures of the massive mall and high volume of new construction. I'd
guess that 95% + of the town was constructed in the last 10 years or so. Wiki
quotes a pop. number of around 95k. Frisco and Little Elm are two of the fastest
growing cities in Texas. Frisco is also one of
the wealthiest along with adjoining Plano. It
also calls Collin county the wealthiest county in Texas.
In '72 when I moved there, the population of Collin county couldn't have been
much over 50k. I see numbers of upwards of 750k now.
and Plano appear to have gone to a lot of trouble
to preserve what was left of their old small town business districts, and in Plano
and Frisco have required new construction to be of a style that it's almost difficult
to tell the old from the new. Knowing what these towns looked like 35-40 years
ago, and seeing them now as they change, it's almost like visiting a new town
on the infrequent times I go there. - Mike
Price, November 14, 2007
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Photo courtesy Mike
The McIntire-Montgomery Building
Photo courtesy Mike
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