The Lodge and Frisco in days gone by….

fl-old-photo.jpgTo experience Frisco Lodge first-hand is to share in the long, rich history of tradition, culture and truly wondrous roots that are evident and even notorious throughout the lodge and immediate area.

Quite simply, there is nothing like the Frisco Lodge.  Anywhere.

“Originally a stagecoach stop in the 1800′s, The Frisco Lodge continues to occupy the same building. Today, this lovely Tyrolean style bed and breakfast, decorated in burgundy and antique white trim, offers warm and friendly comfort that brings guests back again and again. The Frisco Lodge offers excellent accommodations at very reasonable prices, anyone that has been in business since 1885 must be doing something right! ” Best Choices in Colorado

Frisco Lodge was originally built in 1885 as a stagecoach stop and soon became a way station for passengers and crew traveling on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad – who’s tracks ran on the easement which is now the alley directly behind our North Lodge. The basic structure of our Lodge remains much the same now as it was then. The currentinnkeepers take pride in maintaining this heritage. Our rooms are decorated to retain the flavor of this past era, and the Lodge still retains the ambiance of this period.

historic-Frisco-lodge.gifThe first recordable inhabitants of the Frisco area were the Ute Indians who traveled this area extensively and who’s trails are still evident on the tundra above timberline. The first modern settlers were the “mountain men” who trapped furs in the Summit County area from about 1810 through the 1850′s. The area’s vast wilderness yielded thousands of pelts. With the dawning of the 1870′s, silver was discovered in the adjacent mountains and the miners arrived to seek their riches. The town of Frisco was founded in 1873 by Henry Recen, and by 1882 it had grown to 250 permanent residents.

In 1885, the Frisco Lodge was built and it served Frisco and the surrounding area’s two railroads, many businesses and taverns and vast numbers of mines and miners. The mining glory days lasted until 1918.

In the 1930′s with the coming of the Great Depression, Frisco’s permanent population decreased to just 18. Frisco was one of only a handful of mining towns to survive this period. The area gradually developed as a crossroads as highways were pushed across the Rocky Mountains.

fl-old-photo2.jpgThe first development in our modern era was the opening of Arapahoe Basin in 1946. Then when construction of the great dam to give birth to Lake Dillon was begun in 1961, hundreds of workers moved into the area. This gave Summit County the renewed energy that it needed. The Breckenridge ski area opened in 1961 and Vail opened to the public in 1962. The modern period of skiing had begun. When the Eisenhower tunnel opened in 1973, and Copper Mountain and Keystone opened in the same year, our current recreational based wonderland was born. Today Frisco is permanent home to approximately 3,500 residents and there is every imaginable recreational opportunity available. Our area now hosts visitors from all corners of the world in summer, winter, and throughout the seasons.

A Family Tradition...

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When Jody and Charlie Anderson drove up to Frisco in the summer of 1961, they had no idea that they would be beginning a family tradition that has spanned over 50 years. They moved to Frisco in June of ’61 and settled in with young daughters Cheryl, Susan, and Laurie. In 1961, alpine skiing was still in its youth in the region. Loveland had been open since 1936 and Max and Edna Dercum had started Arapahoe Basin in the 1940s.

As the Anderson’s daughters grew up, they saw many changes in the area. The Keystone and Copper Mountain resorts opened in 1971. When the Eisenhower tunnel opened in 1973, the area began to mature into the world class resort region that it is today. The sometimes difficult travel over Loveland Pass (formerly the main route into the region from the Denver area) was eliminated as a mandatory route, and tourist traffic increased dramatically.

Charlie Anderson was the mayor of Frisco for many years and oversaw the addition of much of the town’s infrastructure. Jody was a founder of the Frisco Gold Rush, and she is still recognized as a major contributor to the growth of the town and its skiing heritage.

Jody continued to live in Frisco doing community service and telling many stories form the past until she passed in 2011. Charlie Anderson resided in Arizona City, AZ until he passed away in 2010.

The owner’s of the Frisco Lodge, daughter Susan Anderson and business partner Bruce Knoepfel, purchased the Lodge from Susan’s mother in 1985.

A History of Excellence

The Frisco Lodge has seen many events during it’s long history. It has been in continuous operation since the 1880′s.. If you would like more information about the history of our area we have a fantastic historical park located in town. If you are interested plan an afternoon to tour the museums and experience all of this in greater detail. Enjoy……

What people are saying...

"Love the frisco lodge! The service is amazing. The homemade breakfasts and yummy lattes are the perfect way to start the day. After a day on the slopes, coming back to homemade soup and snacks with wine complete the day."
leah j
cleveland

"This is our second stay at the Frisco Lodge during our annual ski trip. It is a wonderful place to stay; it is warm, welcoming and comfortable."
Annelle P
Mokena, Illinois

Our Favorite! We've been staying here for the past 4 or 5 years for our annual Copper Mountain ski trip. I want to echo the previous reviews regarding the great food, friendly staff and cleanliness.
Evan
Durango Colorado

"After 3 weeks on the road, this is the best. The place to stay. Charming!! Thank you."
John and Debbie Steel
Plymouth, England

"Another wonderful stay! Great staff, good food, very relaxing. Thanks…we will be back!"
John and Nancy Wench
Ballwen, MO

“If you're looking for character and comfort, Frisco Lodge is for you… Rooms are comfortable, cozy, clean and have a lot of charm.” 
Cindy
Boulder, Colorado

"A special treat and a wonderful place to stay with fabulous, friendly service. Thank you!"
Robin Diehl

To view more testimonials check out our Trip Advisor Page.

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