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Lancaster City Hall from an early engraving (Historic Preservation Trust)

Lancaster City Government

The oldest inland city in the United States of America, snuggled along the north and west by the mighty Susquehanna River, was originally settled in 1718. The Honorable James Hamilton laid it out in building lots and out lots, and in 1730, it became the county seat. John Wright, a prominent citizen, gave it the name "Lancaster," after the place in England where he formerly lived. Lancaster is also known nationally for its architectural heritage. Lancaster operates under a Mayor / Council form of Government. The City has a full range of services including Public Safety, Health, Housing, Parks, Streets & Highways, Water operations and Sewer operations.
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