Frisco, Utah

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Quick History

Pure silver was discovered in 1875 at the base of the San Francisco Mining District giving birth to the Horn Silver Mine and the Frisco wild-west town. Boom town describes how quickly this tough mining camp developed into a community. The Frisco Cemetery was the largest in the state at the time due to the average of 12 murders a night. When a gold or silver strike, towns would spring up, seemingly overnight. Within weeks Frisco grew to an estimated population of over 6,000 people. [1] With the arrival of a post office, Frisco soon developed as the commercial center for the district, as well as the terminus of the Utah Southern Railroad extension from Milford. The Horn Silver Mine crashed in 1885 leaving the richest area of the mine unreachable, this was the beginning of the end for Frisco. [2]


Located 15 miles to the East of Minersville in the San Francisco Mining District. Other mines located in the district included the Blackbird, Cactus (Newhouse), Carbonate, Comet, Imperial, King David, Rattler, and Yellow Jacket, with the Silver Horn the largest.

  • GPS Location: N38 27.583 W113 15.538 [3]

Time Line

  • 1872: August 12; area established
  • 1875: First claim for silver is made
  • 1885 February 12: Earthquake temporarily closes the mine
  • 1886: Mine reopens at much smaller scale
  • 1900: Population down from 6,000 to 500
  • 1912: Population at 150
  • 1921: Uninhabited [4]

Neighboring Communities

Beaver | Milford | Minersville | Greenville | Newhouse



Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.

Beaver County, Utah Cemeteries

Church Records

  • 1907 1st LDS Ward Established [5]

Historical Newspapers

Societies, Museums and Libraries

Vital Records




  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records.  Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.  A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.  For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.

Suggested Reading

  • A History of Beaver County [6]
  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [7]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [8]
  • The American West : Overland journeys, 1841-1880 [9]
  • The Horn Silver Bonanza in the The American West: A Reorientation [10]
  • The Frisco Charcoal Kilns,[11]


Sources and Footnotes

  1. Frisco Ghost Town
  2. Gallagher, John S. The Post Offices of Utah. Burtonsville, Maryland: The Depot, 1977. FHL 92242 Book: FHL 979.2 E8g
  3. Google
  4. Frisco Ghost Town
  5. Buchanan, Joseph F. (1996-06-06). "Utah Almanac D-H". Utah Almanac.
  6. Bradley, Martha Sonntag; ‘’A History of Beaver County’’ WorldCat 41643473
  7. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  8. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  9. Lester, Robert E.; The American West : Overland journeys, 1841-1880 FHL 973 W2Les 41513642/editions WorldCat 41513642
  10. Leonard J. Arrington and Wayne K. Hinton, "The Horn Silver Bonanza" and Gressley, Gene M.; The American West: A Reorientation WorldCat 22282
  11. Philip F. Notarianni, "The Frisco Charcoal Kilns," Utah Historical Quarterly 50 (Winter 1982)WorldCat 368008663