Lucas Celebrates 60th Anniversary
City of Lucas celebrated their 60th anniversary on Feb. 19, with an open house at city hall. This come-and-go event included decreeing a time capsule, which will be opened on the city’s 100th anniversary. Attendees had the opportunity to peruse display tables which showcased historical people, places and events in Lucas.
City of Lucas Mayor Jim Olk began the evening by reading a proclamation which included eight “Whereas” points. One of these points stated, “Whereas, Feb. 19, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of the City of Lucas.” A point pertained to the city namesake, Gabriel Lucas. Lucas established the first post office and general store in 1888. A point informed that on Feb. 19, 1959, the town of Lucas was incorporated and recognized by Collin county and the state of Texas with 49 votes in favor and 25 votes against corporation. Verbal snapshots were provided regarding water supply in Lucas and growth of Lucas Fire Rescue. The final “Whereas” stated, “Whereas, the City of Lucas has grown over the last 60 years into a unique community of almost 8,000 residents, but still maintains its quality of life focused on family, a quiet country atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful trees, open space and equestrian trails.”
Mayor Olk welcomed all in attendance including Fairview council members Henry Lessner and Roland Feldman.
Months leading up to the anniversary, community members were invited to submit items pertinent to the city of Lucas and its community. The following items will be placed in the time capsule: Lucas Fire Rescue submitted a badge, coin, Rockport-Fulton pin and magnet. Trinity Trail Preservation Association submitted a map-kerchief and hatpin. East Winningkoff Trailhead submitted a ribbon from their opening ceremony. Walmart submitted a shirt pin. Save Lavon Lake submitted a bumper sticker and pin. Cornerstone Church submitted a personalized Bible. Lovejoy ISD submitted a 2018 yearbook. A city of Lucas 50th anniversary shirt and handkerchief, the FY2018 -19 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the FY2018 – 19 operating budget were submitted. An article regarding Lucas’ 60th anniversary, written by Council Member Debbie Fisher, which was published in the Lucas Leader, was submitted. Grand opening photos of the Lucas Community Center, Blondy Jhune Bridge, Forest Creek Park and the fire station were submitted. Each item was presented by a council member who provided additional background information as to why these items are, and will continue to be, pertinent to the city of Lucas.
City of Lucas city hall was elegantly festooned with blue and white balloons and aromatic flowers. Guests were invited to mingle and enjoy the anniversary cake and additional snacks. There were approximately 50 people in attendance.