Established on the Shawnee Trail, now called Preston Street (Hwy 289), Frisco has occupied a unique place in the history and growth of North Texas, witnessing the passage of wagon trains bringing immigrants south to Texas and cattle drives from Austin going to northern markets. Originally a community of farmers north of the thriving town of Lebanon, Frisco City was formed in 1902, when the St. Louis – San Francisco Rail Line decided to set tracks through the rich agricultural land, where water was plentiful. The town name was later shortened, and Frisco was incorporated in 1908.
Since its creation, Frisco was a retail and shipping point, beginning with a number of cotton gins and grain elevators, and was the home of a Farmers Co-operative Gin Association. By 1914 the town had grown to a population of 1,000 people and grew slowly through the 20th century. In 1960, the population reached 1,184, and increased to 3,499 by 1980 as a result of the growth of Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth. By 2000 there were 33,714 people, and since the turn of the century the number of people living in the city of Frisco has more than doubled to over 100,000. This phenomenal growth is expected to continue and the population of Frisco as of February 1st, 2013 is 130,020.
The railroad is still important to Frisco, but a more pressing requirement is to provide good roads and highways. This is being done by city, county and state agencies, with a determination to improve the transportation system ahead of the increases in growth.