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Author Archives: LHSAdmin

Rockin’ & Rollin’ in the Rose Garden

Friends and Members of the Society are invited to our annual fund raiser featuring nationally recognized “Shake Rattle & Roll“ $55 per person Reservation and payment due by May 12th Purchase Tickets Nowlimited seating, no sales at the door Entertainment generously sponsored by Corner Stone Credit Union

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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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Annual Membership Drive

Our 2014 Membership Drive is under way. Please join us in preserving the history of our community. Membership dues directly support the maintenance and upkeep of Lancaster’s 125-year-old MKT Depot and the Memorial Rose Garden. Dues start at just $15 for an individual and $25 for a family. Patrons receive email invitations to history-related events … 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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LHS Program Chair to Lead Auxiliary Museum

Lancaster Historical Society is pleased to announce that member Patricia Siegfreid-Giles, LHS’s Program Chair, is now the volunteer in charge of the Lancaster’s Texas State Auxiliary Museum. Her goal is to make the museum a destination place and a vital part of the Lancaster experience. She is passionate about Lancaster, is knowledgeable about its history … Continue reading »

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LHS Member Interviewed by WFAA

Lancaster Historical Society member and historical home-owner Jer Giles was interviewed by WFAA for a piece on the new Big Tex. Jer has a lot of history with Big Tex, having worked with him from the 1970’s to just this last year. See the video.

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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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