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Old Frisco spring house moved to collection at Historic Park

FRISCO – Local history buffs may have noticed a new addition to the collection of historic buildings sitting in the Frisco Historic Park.

The Frisco Historical Society (FHS) recently acquired the town’s old spring house – a place where residents went to collect water before they had wells or the town built its water system.

“It was kind of a social thing, I’m told,” said Rita Bartram, FHS executive director.

It was a place where people socialized with neighbors and friends – similar to the post office today, she said.

FHS members believe the building is nearly 100 years old, said FHS corresponding secretary, Charlotte Clarke.

“Pioneer town members remember it being there in the early 1900s, but it may have been erected earlier,” she said.

The structure originally was located at the spring on Galena – between Fifth and Sixth – until Galena Street was built, Bartram said, when it was moved to accommodate the road. Recently, it was located just east of the tennis courts at Pioneer Park.

The Worker’s Public Administration – a depression recovery program that paid welfare recipients to work – refurbished the building in the 1930s, so the FHS isn’t sure how much of it is original construction.

“How much is original board and how much is restructured – who knows?” Bartram said. Still, the FHS is “absolutely delighted” to have the building as a part of its collection.

“It’s a part our history that would have been lost,” she said.

Frisco’s Public Works Department employees moved the building from Galena Street to the town’s historic park at Main Street and Second Avenue this autumn. The spring house is now located just behind the park’s gazebo.

The FHS recently began an adoption program to care for the park’s buildings – with different members of the society taking a building under his or her wing. Clarke has adopted the spring house as her “baby.” She still needs to install the building’s benches, she said, and plans to do some more research – to determine what is original – before starting any refurbishment.

Possible plans for the building include creating a wishing well – an idea she credits to Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli – or a table, for a sheltered picnic spot. Clarke said she will likely fund any building improvements herself.

Because the spring house belonged to the town and was small enough for the Public Works Department to transport, there was no cost to the FHS, Bartram said.

“Some buildings cost $15,000 to $20,000 to move to the park,” she said, adding the FHS doesn’t have plans to acquire additional buildings at this time.

“Unfortunately, there aren’t many historical buildings left in Frisco,” Bartram said.

If someone offers the historical society a building for its collection, she said, the decision whether to accept the donation or not is made jointly with the town, who owns the land.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com

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