History of the City

Historical Overview
The first settlement made in the Lancaster community was in September 1844 by Roderick Rawlins. Mr. Rawlins and other members of his party had secured "headrights" from the Republic of Texas. Read on...

Location
Located in the Southwest portion of Dallas County, the City of Lancaster is approximately 15 minutes south of Dallas and is well situated to access the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, one of the largest and most diverse in the nation. Read on...

Economy and Quality of Life
Lancaster is much more than just another "Metroplex" bedroom community. Lancaster traces its economic roots to those of an agrarian market center. Read on...

Housing Costs - The average new housing costs in Lancaster range from the $120,000-$140,000s and up. The residential housing in the community consists of: single family 75%, multi-family 24% and other 1%. Read on...

Health Facilities - Alpha Medical Center opened its facility in 2003. The Center provides quality and comprehensive primary health care with compassion and convenience. Services include school physicals, urgent care, dentistry, work injuries, podiatry, physical therapy, pharmacy, X-ray, immunizations, internal medicine, and family medicine. Read on...

Recreational Opportunities - Lancaster offers a $17+ million leisure complex, which includes a 170-acre Community Park, 60,000 square foot Recreation Center and Indoor Water Park, and a 23,000 square foot Library. Read on...

Bear Creek Nature Park - The Park features equestrian and walking trails with interpretive signage, 2 ponds, and a fishing pier, campsites that include facilities for overnight camping, an outdoor classroom, a large pavilion for picnics, a butterfly garden, and outdoor education programs.

Cultural Opportunities - Lancaster has the charming Historic Town Square. In addition, a cultural advantage is the 15-minute drive to downtown Dallas for the Symphony and other artistic and historic endeavors that Dallas affords residents and newcomers to Texas.

Lancaster Convention and Visitors Center - The Visitors Center, formerly known as the Interurban building, has welcomed visitors and businesses to our City for over 1 hundred years. Built in 1911, the Interurban Building was home to the Texas Interurban Railway that ran from Waxahachie through Red Oak, Lancaster, and Dallas to Sherman-Denison until the 1950s. Read on...

Lancaster Regional Airport - The Airport recently completed major construction that was part of a $1.5 million Capital Improvement Project jointly funded by the Aviation Division of TxDOT and local City-LEDC resources. Read on...

Colleges and Universities in the Area - Cedar Valley College is located on the border of Lancaster and Dallas on North Dallas Avenue. Read on...

Public Schools - The Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) educates over 4,700 students annually. The LISD operates on a $32 million annual budget to provide numerous fundamental and extra-curricular educational opportunities for Lancaster children. LISD currently has 7 elementary schools, 1 STEM Learning Center, 1 Middle School, 1 High School and 1 Alternative Learning Center.

Public Library - The Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library is a 23,000 square foot facility located in the Lancaster Community Park. The library offers free membership to residents which include materials check-out and public computer use. Read on...

Industrial/Warehouse Opportunities - Logistics oriented sites are available through projects developed by many of the country’s leading industrial developers like ProLogis, IDI. Read on...