Frisco Travel Guide

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Frisco was originally a retail and shipping point for farmers, and had a number of cotton gins and grain elevators. It still has some - parts of the downtown area look seedy and industrial.

Frisco was originally named Emerson, after Francis Emerson, who owned the farm where the town site was located. Emerson, who was a banker, had promised to place a national bank in the town if it was named after him, but the bank was never established.

Because the name Emerson resembled that of Emberson in Lamar County when the post office was established here in 1902, the name was changed to Frisco City (after the St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas Railway Company, known as the Frisco system). Later the name was shortened to Frisco. Let that be a lesson to all you bankers. If you promise a bank, be sure you follow through.

Frisco was incorporated during the first decade of the twentieth century and augmented by an influx of people who wanted to take advantage of the railroad line. It was the home of a Farmers Co-operative Gin Association. By 1914 the population was estimated at 1,000.

The population increased rapidly as a result of the growth of Dallas and Plano, advancements in production of dairy products, small grains, and cotton, and new aeronautical production plants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Although still a retail point for farmers, Frisco gradually became a suburb of Dallas. By 1990 the population the community had spread into Denton County. Now, Frisco is mostly a bedroom community 12 miles north of Dallas in central Collin County. There are not many tourist attractions.

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