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Frisco developed as the post office and commercial center for the San Francisco Mining District, and was the terminus of the Utah Southern Railroad extension from Milford.The Horn Silver Mine was discovered in 1875, and had produced $20,267,078 worth of ore by 1910. By 1885, over $60,000,000 worth of zinc, copper, lead, silver, and gold had been transported from Frisco from the many mines in the area. With 23 saloons, Frisco was known as the wildest town in the Great basin. Murder was common, and drinking water had to be freighted in.

Frisco's fortunes changed suddenly on February 13, 1885, when the Horn Silver Mine caved in completely. It was an unconventional mine, an open pit 900 feet (270 m) deep braced with timbers, and could have collapsed at any time.

In 1905 a Latter Day Saint ward was organized, but in 1911, with the closing of many of the mines, so many church members had left that the ward was discontinued.

In 2002, a mining company began to rework the mines of Frisco, now only the charcoal kilns, townsite and cemetery are accessible.

Frisco Townsite

Frisco Townsite

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Charcoal kilns in background.

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Charcoal Kilns

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Cemetery in foreground and Horn Silver Mine in background.

Horn Silver Mine - photo shot with 400mm telephoto lens

Frisco Cemetery

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Sadly, most of the readable headstones were of children.



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