The settlement that became Frisco City was initially called Jones Mill (incorporated in 1909), which itself was made up of the merger of two 1850s-era communities, Lufkin and Snider. Jones Mill was named for a local prominent business man who owned a grist mill. The town was renamed Roy on November 4, 1913, after Roy Megargel, the owner of the Gulf, Florida, and Alabama Railroad (GFA), after he promised to construct a rail line to the town. A telephone system was installed in 1913, and the first bank opened in 1914.
Megargel did not make good on his promise, and in 1919 the town was renamed Jones Mills, a plural version of its original name. In 1925, the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad bought GFA and brought a rail line through the town in 1928, and the town became known as Frisco City. The town continued to grow in the decades that followed, with the streets being paved in 1937. Frisco City reached the peak of its growth during the 1960s, when more than 50 businesses were located downtown. The town reached a population peak in 1990, with 1,581 residents.
As in many small towns, downtown area businesses went into steep decline during the 1980s and 1990s. A fire in 2001 damaged several downtown structures. By 2009, the population had fallen to 1,331, and the city school closed its doors that same year. Only eight businesses remained open downtown by late 2010.
Frisco City’s population at the time of the 2010 Census was 1,309. Of that number, 49.3 percent identified themselves as African American, 45.4 percent as white, 2.8 percent as two or more races, 1.8 percent as Hispanic, 1.3 percent as Native American, and 0.4 percent as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The city's median household income was $23,884, and per capita income was $12,181.
The workforce in present-day Frisco City is divided among the following occupational categories:
· Manufacturing (34.8 percent)
· Public administration (14.0 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.2 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (9.3 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (6.0 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (6.0 percent)
· Construction (5.6 percent)
· Retail trade (5.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.7 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (2.0 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (0.9 percent)
· Information (0.9 percent)
Schools in Frisco City are part of the Monroe County School District; the town has approximately 266 students and 24 teachers in one elementary and one high school.
Frisco City is intersected by State Highway 21 (northwest-southwest) and County Road 23 (northeast-southeast).
Events and Places of Interest
The Frisco City Town Park features several historic structures, including the J. W. Jones home (for whom the town was originally
named), the Jones Mill one-room jail, the Jones Mill post office, and a caboose from the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad.
The Heritage of Monroe County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2004.
James P. Kaetz
Published April 7, 2011
Last updated July 13, 2012