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Local History

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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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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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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Sketches of Local Historic Buildings

This calendar published by Lancaster Genealogical Society back in 1985 features sketches of historic buildings.  On many of the drawings the artists are identified, we are looking for artists bios to go with each of the postings. 1985 Calendar Cover January MKT Depot February Randolph Clark House March Captain R. A. Rawlins House April Porter’s Chapel United … Continue reading »

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Historical Marker Honors 1912 Fallen City Marshal

On Saturday, November 2, 1912 at 7:30 pm, Lancaster City Marshal Peter M. Solomon was accidentally killed in the line of duty. The Marshal was struck while attempting to flag down a train at the Valley View station of the Interurban Railway which ran through Lancaster along Dallas Ave. The marker, located at 100 Old … Continue reading »

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Lancaster Museum Offers Glimpse Into Texas History

Did you know the City of Lancaster has one of the two designated Texas State Auxiliary Museums and it’s FREE to visit? Click  here for the City of Lancaster’s Press Release: 01.02.2013 State Museum

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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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