Lancaster is a city located in Dallas County, Texas. It is a suburban community located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and is 15 miles from downtown Dallas. The city is 30 square miles and is situated in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas. It is surrounded by Ten Mile Creek.
Lancaster was founded in 1852 as a frontier post and is one of Dallas County’s earliest settlements following the 1841 promotion by the Republic of Texas Congress, which authorized President Mirabeau Lamar to enter into a contract with William S. Peters to begin a settlement in North Texas. He paid the company with free land in exchange for recruiting new settlers.
In the late 19th century, Lancaster had transformed into a transportation hub thanks to the railroad system. Today, the city continues to grow economically with industries including industrial manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, education, residential development, and retail services.
The City of Lancaster is a home-rule city with a council-manager government. With this type of government, the day-to-day management of the city is directed by a city manager, who is appointed by the city council and serves as the chief administrative officer for the city. Currently, Opal Mauldin Robertson is the city manager.
Culture & Recreation:
Lancaster City Park is among the largest in the city with 600 acres of public parks under the management of the Lancaster Parks & Recreation Department. The city is also home to two nature preserves including Bear Creek Nature Park and Ten Mile Creek Preserve. These preserves include equestrian and walking trails, fishing ponds, rock climbing, a butterfly garden, and pavilions for events and picnics.