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Lucas Texas, a History
To be honest with you, I couldn't do better than this link to The History of Lucas, Texas, but here's my take on it anyway. Please view the abovelink for great detail about the history of Lucas Texas, but read my take as well. :)
Lucas is just north of Wylie and Parker eight miles east of U.S. Highway 75 in southeast Collin County. According to the city of Lucas, the city has a total area of 11.73 square miles including both land and water. Part of Lucas, Texas is located within Lavon Lake.
On May 11, 1888, a post office was established at the store of Gabriel Henry Lucas on the McKinney-Rockwall Road. Gabe Lucas was the first postmaster, and the post office was named Lucas for him. The Lucas Post Office was discontinued on September 30, 1903.
The school was first named Willow Springs. Around 1904 it was physically moved to town. Somme time before 1936 the name was changed to Lucas School.
The city of Lucas has six different school districts within the city limits and the ETJ of Lucas Texas. If you are moving to Lucas, be sure to ask which school covers your area. They are:
Lucas was named after Gabriel H. Lucas, son of early settler Peter F. Lucas, who arrived in 1844. Gabriel opened a store there in 1870. For nearly a century the economy of the area was based upon agriculture, chiefly cotton and corn. In 1947 Lucas had a population of 100, two stores, a gin, a school, a public softball field, and two churches. With the growth of Dallas, several housing developments have transformed Lucas from a farming community to a rural suburb. The town was incorporated in 1970, and by 1984 its population was 1,500, most of the residents being newcomers with jobs in Dallas. The gin, the old school, and the softball field have disappeared. In 1990 the population was 2,205. That figure increased to 2,890 by 2000.
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