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Mystery, history awaken at Frisco’s Historical Park

Kimberly Nicoletti

FRISCO – Frisco resident Ida Rose, a wealthy miner’s widow, has been murdered, and the suspect is still at large. Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli is urging the residents of Summit County to gather at the Frisco Historic Park to track down the murderer.

All six suspects, including Snake River Rufus, Priscilla Frumpet and Rose’s daughter, Ada Pearl, are hiding out in the 11 buildings at the park. The town needs assistance from the community to uncover the murder weapon, which has yet to be determined, though the sheriff indicated that it may be a miner’s pick, a lump of gold, arsenic or a gun. Residents are prompted to search cabins, such as the Bailey House, the Trapper’s Cabin and the old jail to find out where the horrendous crime occurred and who has blood on his or her hands.

The Frisco Historical Society is hosting the murder mystery party at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Frisco Historical Park. Hors d’oeuvers, such as salmon, shrimp cocktail, pesto with sun-dried tomatoes and chicken salad, will be served with beer and wine.

The murder mystery party brings the board game “Clue” to life in Frisco by using historical events in Summit County and by employing locals dressed in turn-of-the-century costumes. When guests arrive, they are given a list of suspects, weapons and buildings. By hunting for written hints and questioning the suspects, guests move closer to solving the mystery.

“By the time they start looking in the buildings, they get a feel for the suspects,” said Rita Bartram, executive director of the Frisco Historical Society and author of the murder mystery. Bartram is the only person who knows who the true murderer is – even the suspects will not know the truth until a few guests show their detective skills and correctly identify the murderer.

“It causes conversation,” historical society boardmember Judy Anderson said. “Sometimes you’re trying to help people, and sometimes you’re trying to get them off the track.”

Guests are encouraged – though not required – to help bring history alive by dressing in turn-of-the-century clothing. The guest wearing the best costume will receive a dinner certificate for two at Tuscato.

“It’s really fun to see people’s costumes,” said boardmember Charlotte Clarke, who is sewing her costume to play Rose’s mourning daughter.

“It’s like stepping back in history,” boardmember Linda Polhemus said.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. They may be purchased at the Schoolhouse Museum in Frisco or by calling (970) 668-3428.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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