Frisco Historical Society?

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by friscomike, May 7, 2010.


Should we form a Frisco Historical Society?

  1. Yes

    72 vote(s)
  2. No

    18 vote(s)
  3. More discussion needed

    24 vote(s)
  1. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    I love the Frisco website software we have now. What year did this website start and who posted first? I would like to see the first post.

  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I will try to ascertain that.
  3. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    By going through all the Forums and Sub-forums and looking at the earliest thread created, I believe that:

    Doug Hughes, founder of the Frisco Modelers Information Group (FMIG) made the first post on on May 16, 2001. His post was posted under a Guest account identifed as doug.
    By Doug's second post on May 18, 2001 he was a fully registered member of

    The second post was made by Chris Abernathy (under a Guest account identified as chris), the same day, same thread.

    Thanks to Doug for collecting together a group of Frisco-minded individuals back in 1976 which ultimately led to this site
  4. fwober

    fwober Member

    One problem with individual railroad sites and historical societies, is how long the railroad been merged, and how few people are left to have worked or seen the railroad.
    I worked for the MKT/UP,but most of my family worked for the Texas & New Orleans. I think the railroad historical societies should be merged, into groups like Southwestern states,
    or C&EI, CRI&p, SLSF, which were the B.F. Yoakum system, or railroads, that were owned by Jay Gould. This is just a comment.
    Michael Lowe
  5. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    I think the last two conventions were with the Missouri Pacific members.

  6. pbender

    pbender Member Supporter

    The guest accounts in those old posts are misleading. What actually happened was that in one of the site upgrades, all of the old posts were restored to the new system as posts using guest accounts.
    You'll find old posts I made identified as "paul".

    I'm surprised I haven't ever answered the poll in this thread. However, my answer to the question posed by the poll, is that, as far as I am concerned, FMIG IS the Frisco historical society, but it is a rather loose knit historical society compared to others, and it has primarily been centered around this website for the last 2 decades. Prior to that, there was an e-mail list, and then, before my time, to the mailed newsletters Doug started with.

    There was a Frisco Museum, but that fell apart about the time this website started. That is a sore subject for many who were involved with it.

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2020
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  7. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    There was also a brief, stillborn, Frisco Railroad Historical Society, incorporated in Missouri, created by a number of people in St Louis, plus several others in MO and other parts of the US. Around ~1982. The publication was to be The Meteor. FRHS died early because of two reasons - there was some friction voiced from FMIG members (which was unfortunate and wouldn't have been a problem), but mainly because only a few people were willing to shoulder the burden. That's a common problem with these historical organizations.

    Then, later surfaced, and proved to be a fun, valuable, growing organization. I've enjoyed every day I've been a member, and I go way back. I was told about by close friends who ran Tinkertown, and immediately joined up.

    I do regret, however, that such a neat railroad as the Frisco does not benefit by being formally documented in a professional SLSF publication such as most of the others do. If you have a chance, take a look a the publications put forth by HS's such as PRR, NYC, N&W, ATSF, UP, MP, L&N, ACL/SAL, GM&O, RI (failing now), WAB, IT, Monon, SP, IC, Milw, C&NW, CB&Q, MKT, and, yes, StL TRRA, among many others that I don't know much about. Most put out excellent publications for their members for a nominal annual membership fee.

    But, is so good that I'm sure its success would preclude an effort to form another FRHS.

    And another word of appreciation to Doug Hughes, who worked very hard on his FMIG organization, which many of us greatly enjoyed participating in, forming friendships in, and learning from. I know I did.


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