Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 36,361
2000 Census - 25,894
Lancaster, Texas
Lancaster Texas History:
In 1847, Abram Bledsoe purchased half of the Roderick Rawlins survey. Five years later he platted the Lancaster near the community of Pleasant Run. He named it after his hometown, Lancaster, Kentucky.
The Lancaster post office was established in 1860. After the Civil War, R. P. Henry established a general store. Lancaster incorporated in 1887. In 1890, the Lancaster Tap Railroad completed a line between connected Lancaster and the Houston and Texas Central at Hutchins, south of Dallas. In 1905, the H&TC purchased the Lancaster Tap, which was abandoned in 1934. In 1888, the Dallas and Waco, was built a line through Lancaster. In 1891, this railroad became part of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (MKT) Railway connecting Dallas to the Texas Gulf Coast. During the 1800s and early 1900s, Lancaster was primarily an agricultural community. By 1925 the town had 1,200 residents. Between 1930 and 1960, the town’s population doubled. By 1970 the town had a population of 12,500 and 135 businesses. Lancaster manufacturing industries include building materials, furniture, and chemical products. Ten Mile Creek and its tributaries run throughout the area. Lancaster is bordered by De Soto to the west. It is located at the intersections of IH-20, IH-35E and SH 34, 15.8 miles northeast of Waxahachie, 49 miles northeast of Cleburne, 45 miles northeast of Burleson, 32 miles northeast of Mansfield, 16 miles east of Cedar Hill, 40 miles southeast of Fort Worth, 26.6 miles southeast of Arlington, 40 miles southeast of Grapevine, 25 miles southeast of Irving, 24 miles southeast of Grand Prairie, 32 miles southwest of Rowlett, 21 miles southwest of Mesquite, 16 miles south of Dallas, 37 miles southwest of Terrell, 24.7 miles northwest of Ennis, and 7 miles east of DeSoto, Texas.     
Historic Town Square Heritage Park & Gazebo, 1853:
The square offers quaint shops and a variety of restaurants, while a breezeway between buildings provides a park-like setting for the monthly 2nd Saturday on the Square event which features live entertainment and unique arts and crafts vendors. A reservable gazebo is located adjacent to the square. During the Christmas holidays the square is decorated with an abundance of lights as part of Lancaster’s annual “Lancaster Lights” and “Christmas in Olde Towne Lancaster” festivities. Heritage Park is located just north of the Historic Town Square and adjacent to the Lancaster City Hall. 250 N. Dallas Avenue. (972) 218-3785. Park: (972) 218-3700.