Lancaster (TX) Historical Society

Lancaster (TX) Historical Society Lancaster Historical Society works to preserve the historic buildings and sites of our city. The Lancaster Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that works to preserve our heritage, protect historic buildings and sites, and educate the public.

We hold meetings that feature programs that inform and entertain members and guests with lively presentations about people and places of note in local history. Our meetings are free and open to the public, and are usually held at locations of historic significance, including the MKT Depot. The MKT Depot and Rose Garden are maintained by the Lancaster Historical Society for the benefit of the citiz

We hold meetings that feature programs that inform and entertain members and guests with lively presentations about people and places of note in local history. Our meetings are free and open to the public, and are usually held at locations of historic significance, including the MKT Depot. The MKT Depot and Rose Garden are maintained by the Lancaster Historical Society for the benefit of the citiz

Operating as usual

08/21/2021

P. O. Box 173  Lancaster, Texas 75146
Lancaster Historical Society Meeting

Sending out a friendly reminder

August 22nd at 3 p.m., the Lancaster Historical Society will hold its first meeting since the pandemic at the Historic MKT Depot, 225 E. Pecan St. The meeting is open to the public.

Mr. Rollin Phipps, who taught history at the University of Texas at Arlington, will speak about the Impact of Railroads on the Economy of Texas.
Mr. Phipps is a curator of a local train museum and has done extensive research on Texas Railroads (and stations). This program will highlight the impact of major rail companies and demonstrate how they created our larger cities. Along with the discussion, there will be a display of railroad memorabilia.

Masks are required to be worn in the building. Depending on the attendance numbers the meeting may be held outside under the tree in the Rose Garden to allow social distancing.
For additional information please call Dee at 214-938-9476 or Carol at 214 957 9666.

08/08/2021

P. O. Box 173  Lancaster, Texas 75146
Lancaster Historical Society Meeting

August 22nd at 3 p.m., the Lancaster Historical Society will hold its first meeting since the pandemic at the Historic MKT Depot, 225 E. Pecan St. The meeting is open to the public.

Mr. Rollin Phipps, who taught history at the University of Texas at Arlington, will speak about the Impact of Railroads on the Economy of Texas.
Mr. Phipps is a curator of a local train museum and has done extensive research on Texas Railroads (and stations). This program will highlight the impact of major rail companies and demonstrate how they created our larger cities. Along with the discussion, there will be a display of railroad memorabilia.

Masks are required to be worn in the building. Depending on the attendance numbers the meeting may be held outside under the tree in the Rose Garden to allow social distancing.
For additional information please call Dee at 214-938-9476 or Carol at 214 957 9666.

"MAY THE RENEWAL OF LIFE AT EASTER BRING NEW BLESSINGS OF LOVE, HOPE, PEACE & GOOD HEALTH TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.”**...
04/04/2021

"MAY THE RENEWAL OF LIFE AT EASTER BRING NEW BLESSINGS OF LOVE, HOPE, PEACE & GOOD HEALTH TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.”

** Enjoy more of our family post cards circa 1899, 1901 and 1907 **

May your Easter be filled with bright feelings, and may your heart be filled with the joy of the holiday. From Somebunny...
04/03/2021

May your Easter be filled with bright feelings, and may your heart be filled with the joy of the holiday.

From Somebunny who cares about you! Carol

** Enjoy our family post cards circa 1899, 1901 and 1907 **

Mac and Mollie (Linsey) Stephenson lived on Telephone Road  in Lancaster on land that Mac’s mother, Kittie Stevenson own...
01/26/2021

Mac and Mollie (Linsey) Stephenson lived on Telephone Road in Lancaster on land that Mac’s mother, Kittie Stevenson owned as early as 1867. Kittie was born in 1835 on the Stevenson Plantation in Albemarle County, Virginia. She went from Virginia to Missouri. She is listed as a midwife and owned land located in the George Floyd Survey. Mac was born on December 23, 1858 in Sedalia, Missouri and ended up in Waxahachie where he was granted his freedom. His wife, Mollie Lindsey was born in Tyler, Texas. Their children were George (1884) Ellis “El” (1886), Birdie (1888), Carl (1890), Florence (1892), and Eddie (1896). These are water color portraits of Mac and Mollie that the family possess. The Stevenson’s descendants still occupy the land Kittie owned. Stories about some of their children will appear in later issues by the Historical Society.

And a better NEW YEAR for 2021
12/25/2020

And a better NEW YEAR for 2021

Want to learn more about the history of Lancaster? A good start is to visit our Lancaster Historical Town Square which w...
12/12/2020

Want to learn more about the history of Lancaster? A good start is to visit our Lancaster Historical Town Square which was laid out by A Bledsoe. Yes, his name was “A.” His father saw his new son and utter something like “Yep, that is a Bledsoe.” Our town was established in 1852 and it was the place to shop because Dallas was not yet much of a town. The layout of Lancaster, Texas resembles that of Lancaster, Kentucky where A Bledsoe’s hometown. Early stores provided basic provisions which were delivered from as far away as Galveston. By the 1870s the square had grown to include the White and Ellis General Store, W. R. Green Furniture Store which also built caskets, the Holloway General Merchandise, Dr. Moffett’s Drug Store, Porter’s Harness Shop, the Sherrard and Carey’s Blacksmith Shop and two grocery stores. With the arrival of the railroad in the late 1880’s, Lancaster was booming with Saturday being the busiest of days. There are many stories that can be told as our town grew. Many of the early buildings still exist due largely to the efforts of owners and involved citizens who helped to rebuild the square after the 1994 tornado. We hope that you will visit the town square and read the plaques that are placed around that tell of the people and events that created the history of Lancaster.

To maintain our past, The Lancaster Historical Society sponsored two publications about our town. The first one History of Lancaster (1978) is difficult to find, but the second (published 2009) can be purchased at the Tattered Jacket at 125 Historic Town Square located on the original Lancaster Town Square. [email protected]

Steel Dust, the Father of the American Quarter Horse was from Lancaster. Bloodlines of King Ranch horses can be traced b...
11/25/2020

Steel Dust, the Father of the American Quarter Horse was from Lancaster. Bloodlines of King Ranch horses can be traced back to Steel Dust. There were many stories about this fabled horse in the history books.

According to history books, Tom McKnight rode Steel Dust in the famous race with Mammoth in McKinney, Texas. Tom Ellis was to ride the horse, but his staunch Baptist mother would not all him to ride. People from many places came to McKinney for the famous race. Ladies got hotel rooms and men slept where they could find a place. Steel Dust won the race in McKinney. After the race, Lancaster citizens were full of joy while many empty pockets were found in McKinney. Steel Dust was famous for his quarter-mile races and is known as the father of the Quarter Horse breed. Much more can be found about him in history books and in the Quarter Horse Museum in Amarillo, Texas. However, it is unknown how or when Aaron McKnight, father of Tom, arrived in Texas.
Lancaster, Texas

The City of Lancaster has always been known for education.Lancaster became one of the first Texas Independent School Dis...
10/03/2020

The City of Lancaster has always been known for education.

Lancaster became one of the first Texas Independent School District in 1905 and voted for a $15,000 bond to build a new school. The William L. White School was located on South Center Avenue, but was torn down around 1979. The new West Main Elementary School is fashioned with the bell tower to honor this building.
Lancaster, Texas Lancaster ISD

MKT Depot – Lancaster TexasThe Katy depot (pictured 1976 in the Scenic magazine) at Lancaster was built in 1888 while th...
09/20/2020

MKT Depot – Lancaster Texas

The Katy depot (pictured 1976 in the Scenic magazine) at Lancaster was built in 1888 while the 66.2 mile line from Dallas to Hillsboro was under construction by the Dallas and Waco Railway Co. Later more progress was achieved for the community in 1912 when an interurban line was build from Dallas through Lancaster to Waxahachie by the Southern Traction Co., which consolidated into the Texas Electric Railway on January1, 1917. Purchased by the Lancaster Historical Society in 1979, the building experienced updates and refurbishing. However, the Lancaster Historic 1888 MKT Depot is in dire need of additional rehab and restoration. Please help us keep the Depot viable historic community asset and donate- SAVE THE DEPOT Lancaster Texas.
https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/save-the-depot-lancaster-texas

09/13/2020

Thank you Candy Stark for your generous support on GoFundMe charity site given in special memory of your parents, Prentis and Virginia Ratcliff.

09/11/2020

Thank you BeBe Scott Montgomery for your support and memorial donation toward the preservation of the MKT Depot at our GoFundMe page in memory of your grandmother Ethel Ellis Scott. .

Please consider making a donation to support the Lancaster Depot and Rose Garden.
09/07/2020
SAVE THE DEPOT - Lancaster, Texas

Please consider making a donation to support the Lancaster Depot and Rose Garden.

Please share this GoFundMe to support the preservation of Lancaster's Historic 1888 MKT Depot and Rose Garden event center.

Several question came in as to the location of Randolph College/ Speers School campus which was located at the  corner o...
09/07/2020

Several question came in as to the location of Randolph College/ Speers School campus which was located at the corner of N. Dallas Ave. and Eighth St. with E. 7th st. facing the front of the building from the east. The white house in the first picture is the Roddy House in the 600 block of N. Dallas Ave. Lancaster, TX TCU – Texas Christian University

Speers School had what was considered modern day lecture rooms for their students.Speers school offered many modern inno...
09/05/2020

Speers School had what was considered modern day lecture rooms for their students.

Speers school offered many modern innovations such as this lecture room for science. One might notice the ‘soft seats’ for the students. Remember too, there was no air-conditioning and the students wore long sleeved shirts and the females wore long skirts with lots of petticoats. It was in the early 1900's that females’ education became more important
Lancaster, Texas

Randolph located in Lancaster in the late 1800’s. This school  moved to other cities and eventually became TCU.Randolph ...
08/29/2020

Randolph located in Lancaster in the late 1800’s. This school moved to other cities and eventually became TCU.

Randolph College opened in 1898 with nonsectarian classes, but closed in 1901 due to financial difficulties. Randolph Clark was an ordained minister in the Christian Church and founded several other colleges connected with the Christian Church. Henry College used the building in 1901-02. Following that the Lancaster Military Academy opened as a preparatory school which was highly supported although not financially by the Baptist Church. Abandoned sometime after 1905, the buildings remained closed until 1911 when A. C. Speer opened Speer’s College which operated until the building burned in 1912. The education building was very up-to date. The men’s dormitory and the women’s dormitory were located on either side. The Speer family lived in one of the dormitories.. The school was located between 7th Street and 8th Street. This is the reason that 7th Street is short.
Lancaster, Texas TCU – Texas Christian University

One of our earliest and best known teachers was Miss Georgia. She taught all levels and ages in one class room.  Photo o...
08/22/2020

One of our earliest and best known teachers was Miss Georgia. She taught all levels and ages in one class room. Photo of an early Lancaster class.

School teacher Georgia Rogers was born in Georgia, but came to Texas with her brother. Eventually she came to Lancaster and opened a school in the back of John Taylor’s house and then taught in the public schools. She returned to Georgia for a short time, but was brought back to Lancaster by one of her former student, Alex Rawlins, as his wife. Georgia Rawlins taught in the public school until 1896 when she opened a private school. Her school was located in the 300 block of South Dallas Ave. where the house still stands. In this picture, around 1908, Miss Georgia is sitting with her class in front of her school.
Lancaster, Texas Lancaster ISD

Donna
08/17/2020

Donna

A blast from the past - we all have shopped Head's Department
Store in the Town Square before it was demolished by the tornadoe in 1994. On a recent estate sale, I found this neat Beaver cowboy hat from Head's. How great is that!!!!

Early Lancaster citizens knew the importance of education.  The site for the first African American school in 1868 is no...
08/15/2020

Early Lancaster citizens knew the importance of education. The site for the first African American school in 1868 is now the site of the Veterans Library and the Municipal Court for the City of Lancaster.

Lancaster has had a public library in various places since the 1920's. In 1951 Lancaster built this library to honor those who fought in World War II; thus, the Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library began. The building was paid partially by donations from family and friends of Lancaster’s veterans. This site is a historic site for many reasons. In 1868, it became the first African American School. Lancaster has always educated African American children. Children of all races were first educated by adults. Later the African American school was moved to a church building on First Street. Then a school on Second Street near Rocky Crest, until Rocky Crest. Lancaster closed Rocky Crest in 1965 and opened all Lancaster ISD schools as segregated ended.
Lancaster, Texas Lancaster ISD

08/14/2020

Due to the extenuating circumstances of Covid 19, meetings are on hold until we can safely gather again.

City of Lancaster, TX - Municipal Government
02/25/2018

City of Lancaster, TX - Municipal Government

01/01/2017

Just down at sixshooter's, they are getting ready for tonight, sounds like fun. Talked to Elvis he too is ready for tonight. Wow In our little town!

"Old Houses Old Stuff" The Historical Society held it's meeting Sunday on the homes in Lancaster that were awarded Histo...
09/19/2016

"Old Houses Old Stuff" The Historical Society held it's meeting Sunday on the homes in Lancaster that were awarded Historical Medallions in the mid 1990"s.

"I really enjoyed the program today. It was so great to see the old houses of Lancaster and see photos of the people. It was so fun to see the photo of Carolyn Fulton's mother. I remember when she and her husband, Mr. Cordill had a jewelry shop on the square. They were wonderful people.” Nancy Moore

Thanks to Marry Guinn, Susan Anderson, Glen Hooper, and Patricia Siegfreid-Giles for the informative program.

Join LHS this Sunday for a meeting presentation on Old Houses! Sept 18th, 3:30 pm at the MKT Depot.
09/12/2016

Join LHS this Sunday for a meeting presentation on Old Houses! Sept 18th, 3:30 pm at the MKT Depot.

Join LHS for a presentation on Historic buildings around town!
09/12/2016
Lancaster Historical Society Presents Landmarks Around Town

Join LHS for a presentation on Historic buildings around town!

Sunday's program will be "Old Houses and Old Stuff" a picture show featuring the homes in Lancaster with LHS bronze medallions. LHS members have put together an informative picture program of the houses using some before and after photos with bits of history and stories. Not to be missed. The doors…

The Lancaster Historical Society invites you to an afternoon of songs from an American Songbook with Lancaster History S...
05/08/2016

The Lancaster Historical Society invites you to an afternoon of songs from an American Songbook with Lancaster History Sound Bites.
The Historic MKT Depot on east Pecan will be awaiting your arrival at 3:30 pm for light refreshments. The program "Lancaster and the American Songbook" will begin at 4:00 pm Sunday, May 22, 2016. Our performers include Lancaster's own
Chanteuse Gabrielle West with Steve Leach on guitar and Nancy Kamm on violin.

Lancaster Historical Society member named Volunteer of the Year for 2015.  Jer Giles exhibits the same volunteer spirit ...
04/30/2016

Lancaster Historical Society member named Volunteer of the Year for 2015. Jer Giles exhibits the same volunteer spirit our members show every day. Thursday April 28 Jer was honored at a banquet for Lancaster volunteers, named with Rosanna Hargrove-Ross, they have what it takes to Build Our Community. “I am proud to live in an Up-to-date Historical Community.”

Pleasant Run Elementary has educated our young for many years and now it is time to move into the 21st Century and combi...
04/08/2016

Pleasant Run Elementary has educated our young for many years and now it is time to move into the 21st Century and combine technology with Lancaster values. Members of the Historical Society and School District will welcome you as they show off the plans for the new Pleasant Run Elementary School. Parents, students, alumni and citizens of Lancaster join us for the new school design unveiling and share your stories, photos and reminisce with us.

Program, light refreshments and tour all begin at:
6:00 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Pleasant Run Elementary School.
Please RSVP (972.218.1400) so we have enough chairs.
[email protected] or [email protected]

Don't forget School designs unveiled Thursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm
04/06/2016
School designs unveiled

Don't forget School designs unveiled Thursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm

Don't forget School designs unveiled Thursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm

School designs unveiledThursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at ...
04/04/2016
School designs unveiled

School designs unveiledThursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00pm at Pleasant Run Elementary School for the unveiling of the architect's plans for the school designs.

School designs unveiledThursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00pm at Pleasant Run Elementary School for the unveiling of the architect's plans for the school designs.

School designs unveiledThursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at ...
04/01/2016
School designs unveiled

School designs unveiledThursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00pm at Pleasant Run Elementary School for the unveiling of the architect's plans for the school designs.

School designs unveiledThursday April 7th 2016 at West Main Elementary School at 6:00pm, and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00pm at Pleasant Run Elementary School for the unveiling of the architect's plans for the school designs.

West Main MemoriesOne alumnus remembers in the late 70's brightly painted doors and a mural of a hot air balloon in the ...
03/30/2016

West Main Memories
One alumnus remembers in the late 70's brightly painted doors and a mural of a hot air balloon in the cafeteria. Does any one remember the time frame, an does anyone have pictures of the mural? My knowledge of interior fashion puts green carpet in the early 70's, the brightly colored doors would be 50's Mondrian art style that was popular in the 50's and 60's. Any thoughts?

Today  Tuesday, March 8th at 6:45 in the meeting room at the Library, Rollin Phipps, a retired professor of history from...
03/08/2016

Today Tuesday, March 8th at 6:45 in the meeting room at the Library, Rollin Phipps, a retired professor of history from UT Arlington, will present a program on the history of railroads in Texas. Not only the history, but he will also give you information where you can explore this history in the Dallas area. This program is sponsored by the Lancaster Genealogical Society where all visitors are welcomed.

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225 E Pecan St
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75146

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I was once considered the "official photographer", thanx to Randy Rostad for Lancaster Tx.. I haven't been out shooting in Lancaster a while but wanted to share a photo or so.. Right on the edge of Dallas & Lancaster Tx.. Since many visited here from Oak Cliff & OC just about "buts up" against Lancaster. Yet sad to say, another that's no longer around :( Originally opening as a skating rink, this was called the Shamrock Roller Rink Skating. Located at 3800 Dallas Ave in Lancaster Texas. Closed. Today (at time of photo), it is known as Lucky Shamrock Bingo. Open! It has been a Bingo Hall for some 25+ years now (2014). **Sad to say that this structure was demolished in/around April of 2015. Nothing remains. The structure was built in 1959.. Photo Taken: November 9 2014 Photo Taken By: Randy A. Carlisle ALL Photos (Unless otherwise stated) Copyright RAC Photography
History lesson for Black History Month. Steel Dust quarter mile race in McKinney September 5, 1856: There is a HUGE piece of this story that deserves attention. The young jockey, Tom McKnight ht (possibly of Lancaster), who was chosen to run the race. He was described as African American. This young man, whom no other details exist other than he ran Steel Dust a few other times, deserves a place in the history books. He successfully rode Steel Dust to victory over a McKinney horse named Monmouth, in a quarter mile race on Tucker Street. I am seeking information on any McKnight's in the Lancaster area. I have located a few records, and will be pursuing it further as time permits. Does his family know that this incredible young man made HISTORY that day? And God willing, one day I'll find his family to tell them of the race he ran on the back of Steel Dust. -Ashley Hamilton (photo and caption credit to Lancaster Historical Society)
Does anyone in this group have access to Lancaster School Annuals? If so were they around in the in the 1912, 1913 1914 eras? I have a picture of our Daddy, James Emory Taylor's high school graduation picture just curious. Taylor family were early settlers in Lancaster.
Come join us in Lockhart, the BBQ Capital of Texas, for this informative and engaging event.