In February 1902, a town we now know as Frisco, was formed from the fertile black soil of west Collin County’s beautiful rolling prairie land. However, to get a true picture of the history of our City, we need to look much further back in time, perhaps to the early 1800s.
At least three vital ingredients were present in the birth of Frisco. An abundance of rich soil made excellent farmland, but two other things were needed, transportation and water. Let’s see how these three ingredients worked together to grow the Frisco we know today.
As with any successful city, transportation has been key to the development of Frisco. Settlers first came to this area while traveling the Shawnee Trail.
In 1838 the Congress of the Republic of Texas appropriated money for the construction of a north – south road, there by opening northern Texas to trade. The Shawnee Trail from Austin to the Red River was followed for this route. This road, for which our Shawnee Trail Sports complex is named, ran through the heart of what later became the City of Frisco.
Red Star Filling StationA military post near the Red River was named for Captain William C. Preston, a veteran of the Texas Revolution. The Shawnee Trail, which would ultimately become Preston Trail, then Preston Road, was used by wagon trains moving south bringing immigrants to Texas and by cattle drives going north from Austin. The town, Lebanon, then a thriving a cattle town and now a part of Frisco served as an assembly point for the cattle drives. South of this area in 1841, John Neely Bryan began the settlement of Dallas.
Next came another mode of transportation, the railroad, which gave birth to Frisco. The origin of railroads in this area began in 1849 in the state of Missouri. The Pacific Railroad Company was granted a charter to build a line from St. Louis to this western boundary of Missouri. Fifty- three years later the line had become a part of the St. Louis, San Francisco Railroad. Men at depot stations along the line soon shortened the name of the line to “Frisco”.
By 1869 the laying of track, which would become part of the Frisco line, was being completed in Texas. In 1902 one such line was completed from Denison to Carrollton through the center of what is now Frisco. The thirst of the steam locomotive brought the need of watering holes about every twenty to thirty miles. Since water was not as available on the higher ground along Preston Ridge, the Frisco Railroad looked four miles west to lower ground. There they dug a lake called Frisco Lake, on Stewart Creek to provide water, (the second ingredient in our growth story) for the engines.
Things To Do
FRISCO DEFINES ‘BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES’ FOR BEING WATER WISE; FRISCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCE REVISING CITY’S ‘WATER EFFICIENCY PLAN’
Subscribe to Frisco’s weekly watering advisories but water only when necessary, based on the
City of Frisco’s own weather station data.
- Keep automatic systems and hose-end sprinklers turned off until Frisco’s weather station advises otherwise.
- If or when watering is needed, water on your residential trash day, but not between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time (DST).
- Water by hand (hand-held hoses) up to two hours, daily.
- Water using drip systems, bubblers and soaker hoses up to two hours on any day.
- Get a free irrigation ‘check-up’ by a licensed irrigation specialist on staff.
- Water twice per week when recommended by the city’s weather station data.
“The last time we recommended watering twice a week was in 2012,” said Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works. “Even then, we made the recommendation just once the entire year.”
On April 21, the Frisco Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance updating the city’s Water Efficiency Plan, which focuses on water conservation measures, and is part of the city’s comprehensive Water Management Plan.