Lancaster, Texas

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Lancaster is a city in both Dallas County and Ellis County, Texas (USA). As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 25,894 (though a 2007 estimate placed the city's population at 35,050). Lancaster and Cedar Hill are the only two cities in the Dallas metropolitan area that expand into Ellis County.

Lancaster is a suburb of Dallas, Texas and is part of the Best Southwest area, which includes Lancaster, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville.



Lancaster is located at 32°36′8″N 96°46′30″W / 32.60222°N 96.775°W / 32.60222; -96.775 [4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.3 square miles (75.9 km²), of which, 29.3 square miles (75.9 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.


Founded in 1852 and incorporated in May 1866, Lancaster was one of the first incorporated communities in Dallas County. "Honest A" Bledsoe is said to have surveyed and staked off the town on the 430-acre (1.7 km2) Rawlins survey, modeling it after his hometown of Lancaster, Kentucky. The city plan features a traffic circle in the center of a town square, with streets entering from the middle of each side. [5]

During the American Civil War, Tucker, Sherrod & Company contracted with the State of Texas to manufacture replicas of the .44 caliber Colt Dragoon from a factory on West Main Street in Lancaster. [6] John M. Crockett, former mayor of Dallas and lieutenant governor of Texas, served as superintendent of the arms factory. [7]

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