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Author Archives: LHSAdmin

2016-18 LHS Officers Elected

Lancaster Historical Society leadership were elected at the January 31st meeting. President – Jer Giles Vice President – Jim Hicks Treasurer – Carol Strain-Burk Secretary – Patricia Siegfreid-Giles Thank you to these volunteers for their service and commitment to our community and the mission of the Society.

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John W. Pope – First Superintendent of LISD

John Winfred Pope was the oldest of the eight children of W.B. Pope and Elizabeth Shinault Pope. John was born Dec. 8, 1879 in Byhalia, Marshall County, Mississippi. His father, W. B. Pope, was a veterinarian and farmer, and brought the family to McKinney, Texas about 1881. John attended the public schools and continued his … Continue reading »

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Rawlins Cemetery, est. 1848

Rawlins Cemetery,  located on Main Street west of Bluegrove, is one of the earliest cemeteries in the Lancaster area.  It was established in March of 1848, following the death of Meredith Parks.  The tract was donated by William (Elder Billy) Rawlins.   While many Parkses and Rawlinses are buried in the cemetery, neither family regarded it as … Continue reading »

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Wedding Planning Season Is Here

Lancaster’s historic MKT Depot offers a unique setting for bridal showers, rehersal dinners, receptions, and even weddings. The 125-year old building features two rooms and a galley-style kitchen. The attached Memorial Rose Garden provides the opportunity to extend your event outdoors. Give us a call, we will be happy to work with you to make it … Continue reading »

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Lancaster Bank Robbery Pivotal in Bonnie and Clyde Saga

February 27, 1934. Clyde Barrow and fellow gang member Raymond Hamilton rob the R.P. Henry & Sons Bank, in Lancaster’s Town Square, taking over $4000. Olin Worley, a customer in the bank, and Laurence L. Henry, one of R.P. Henry’s sons and the cashier, were held at gunpoint while the bank was looted. Another gang … Continue reading »

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The Railroad Semaphore

We are fortunate that our Depot retains several of its original features. One of the most asked about is the railroad semaphore signal. A semaphore is a system of visual signaling, often using flags or lights. On the east side of the building, trackside, the metal pole with semaphore still stands. The blade and colored … Continue reading »

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Solomon Relative Praises Work on Marker

Despite a bit of gloomy weather, a crowd was on hand on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to witness the unveiling of a historical marker honoring Lancaster City Marshal Peter M. Solomon who lost his life in the line of duty in November 1912. Among the attendees was Paula Bohanan, the great grandaughter of Solomon. “I … Continue reading »

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Lancaster Historic MKT Depot and Rose Garden

Lancaster Historical Society is on a mission to preserve the heritage and to protect the historic buildings and sites of Lancaster, Texas. The Society is responsible for preservation and maintenance of the historic 1888 Missouri, Kansas and Texas Depot and the Memorial Rose Garden located on East Pecan Street south of the town square. As … Continue reading »

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Texas Historical Marker installed at Rocky Crest

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, Lancaster Independent School District was presented with a Texas Historical Marker for Rocky Crest, Lancaster ISD’s first school for African American students. For a time, Rocky Crest was the only school in the southern Dallas County that offered a formal education program for children of African American descent. The school … Continue reading »

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MKT Depot and Rose Garden - 225 East Pecan Street   map
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