Frisco celebrates Women’s History Month
FRISCO – Women in Frisco have always made an impact.
A great example of this happened in 1913 when the Frisco Town Council dissolved. For three years, no council meetings were held. The prosperity of the town began to diminish; mines were closing, people were moving away and the electricity was cut off. Frisco was becoming a ghost town.
That is, until Frisco’s women stepped in. Several ladies gathered together, held an election, voted in an all-female board and saved the town. This was possible because women in Colorado were granted the right to vote in 1900, way ahead of the rest of the country.
Led by Florence Huter – the elected mayor – the all-female board tackled Frisco’s debts and returned the town to a respectable financial position. Eventually, the men of Frisco came back to run the town.
Stop by the Frisco Historic Park and Museum to learn about some of the local pioneer women and join the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month. The Annie-Ruth House – one of the Historic Park buildings open to the public – showcases exhibits specifically on women’s culture of the last century. Visitors can also learn about women’s apparel, look into travel steamers and see what it took to keep up with the latest fashions even while these women were living in rugged mountain environments.
Exhibits highlight specific women who made a difference in Frisco, such as interesting and respected personalities like Susan Badger, Jane Thomas, Susie Thompson and Helen Foote.
The Frisco Historic Park and Museum is located on the corner of Second and Main Street. Admission is free. For more information, call (970) 668-3428.
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