Frisco Historic Park & Museum hosts Bill’s Ranch historic walking tour
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What: Frisco Historic Park & Museum’s historic walking tour through Bill’s Ranch
When: Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.
Cost: Free, advance registration required
Contact: (970) 668-3428 or go to friscohistoricpark.com
The Frisco Historic Park & Museum will present a historic-walking tour through Bill’s Ranch on Saturday, Sept. 12, starting at 10 a.m.
According to Sandra Mather’s book — “Frisco and the Ten Mile Canyon” — Bill’s Ranch became Frisco’s first subdivision and second-home development in the 1930s when William (Bill) Thomas wrote a letter to 100 Denver residents offering free land if they would build cabins there within one year.
He only had two takers at first, but the idea soon took off. Walking-tour participants will find out why he made the offer of free land to Denver residents and about the history of Bill’s Ranch and its historic structures.
“Bill’s Ranch and its charming cabins, many of which are visible from the recreation path, remain a mystery for most folks,” said Simone Belz, Frisco museum director, in a statement. “This tour has lots of ‘aha’ moments when people discover the fascinating story of Bill’s Ranch as an agricultural area. And, I think the story will stay with you long after the tour and shape how you think about Frisco and its pioneers. The tour fills up fast and it is one of my favorites.”
The tour is free, although space is limited to 30 people, and advance registration is required. Please call (970) 668-3428 to register for the historic-walking tour or for more information. The tour will be approximately 1½ to two hours long. Participants should be prepared for unpredictable fall weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.
For more information on all of the Frisco Historic Park and Museum programs, call (970) 668-3428 or go to friscohistoricpark.com.
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