For years, Lancaster was the second largest city in Dallas County,
and it still retains the look and feel of a small town although it is located only minutes
from metropolitan Dallas. Some of the finest Victorian homes in the county are
preserved here. Extensive renovation of the downtown area was accomplished in the
1970's; then, on April 25, 1994 a tornado struck the city. doing extensive damage to
the downtown and residential areas. Friends, neighbors and citizens joined force for the
cleanup and today Lancaster is rebuilding and restoring.
During the War Between the States, a factory here produced the huge
Colt .44 Dragoon revolver that collectors call the "Tucker & Sherrod Confederate
Colt." Memorabilia of the CSA foundry and gun factory are preserved in the city
Confederate Air Force Wing-
The Dallas - Fort Worth Wing of the CAF is housed at Lancaster
Airport. Among the W.W.II warbirds on display are the F4U Corsair, a T-33 jet, an
R4D submarine hunter, and others, plus collections of W.W.II artifacts. The prize of
the collection, one of two remaining flyable Japanese Zeros, is usually here Feb. - Apr.
for maintenance checkup. Open Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Airport is on F.M. 1382 (Belt
Line Rd.), six miles east of I - 35E in southeast Dallas County.