Lakes Trail Region

Preston Road bustles with activity in Frisco, one of state’s fastest growing cities. But before the Civil War it was longhorn cattle and cowboys that passed along the Shawnee Trail, the first north-south cattle trail in Texas. Frisco’s Central Park recalls that era through a larger-than-life sculptural stampede of cattle and information about the historic trail. Learn how to rope cattle and listen to cowboy stories during the annual Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day at the Frisco Heritage Center. You can also try your hand at ginning cotton or printing on a vintage hand-press at museum’s hands-on exhibits on early 20th century life. The museum’s heritage village features a 1904 church, two early 1900s homes and a blacksmith shop--along with a replica log cabin, schoolhouse, and rail depot. Frisco incorporated after the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad (known as the “Frisco”) arrived in 1902. The museum’s 1910 steam locomotive and 1940s caboose honor that railroading past. Railroading history takes center stage in early 2013 when the Museum of the American Railroad relocates its impressive collection of rolling stock from Dallas’ Fair Park.