Saturday, November 15, 2014

About Lincoln California


A Brief History of Lincoln
Ba-Mu-Ma, a major Indian village, was the first known settlement in the present Lincoln area. The inhabitants were the Nisenan (also "Nishinam"), a branch of the Maidu Indians, who had been in the area for more than 5000 years.
By 1822 Spanish explorers, followed by fur trappers, penetrated the area. In the 1840's other Europeans were beginning to emigrate from the eastern U.S., and the first farms and ranches were started. White man's diseases, land appropriation, and violence soon brought an end to the Indian civilization here.
The gold rush hastened the influx of Europeans. By 1858 there were 10 towns within seven miles of what is now Lincoln. Nine of these were relatively short-lived mining towns; the other was Sheridan, which still exists seven miles to the north.
In 1859 the village of Lincoln was born. It was to be the temporary terminus of California's first railroad, the California Central, which had been completed to Folsom in 1856. The president of the railroad was Charles Lincoln Wilson, whose middle name became the name of the new town. The railroad finally arrived in October of 1861. Businesses were quickly established as merchants and others moved into Lincoln from the surrounding towns and mining camps. The new town soon became the transportation and trading focus of Western Placer County.
Industry had a much slower start, but in 1873 coal was discovered and became of some commercial importance. The mining of coal revealed layers of very high quality clay, and in 1875 the Gladding, McBean Co. pottery was founded. The production of clay products has been the town's leading industry for over 135 years.
In 1890 Lincoln was incorporated, and town government was born. In the same year the Lincoln News Messenger became the town's first permanent newspaper and is still being printed today. from http://www.downtownlincolnca.com/lincolnhistory.html

About Lincoln

The city of Lincoln, California, rests at the base of the Sierra Foothills in picturesque Placer Valley with the cities of Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, and Newcastle located nearby.
Situated on Hwy 65, Lincoln is approximately 30 miles northeast of the capital of California, Sacramento, and 30 miles southeast of Marysville. Traveling on Interstate 80, Lincoln is only 114 miles from Reno, and 115 miles east of San Francisco.
As a result of the City’s 2002 strategic plan (City of Lincoln Strategic Action Plan, May 2002) new office buildings, shopping centers, housing developments and custom home properties can be seen all around the Lincoln area. A city with an Art & Culture Foundation; an active Volunteer Center; community events; shopping; recreation; good schools; a new library in the works; private country club and championship golf courses; a regional airport and more, Lincoln has a lot to offer!
In concert with its strategic growth plan, the City intends to maintain the small town charm and character of its historic downtown.

Lincoln History

It wasn’t too long ago that the population of the quiet little city of Lincoln, resting at the base of the foothills of the Sierras in lower Placer County, California, was a little over 17,000. But in early 2006, Lincoln’s population reached over 33,000 reflecting the City’s march forward on its “smart growth” plan.
Lincoln was named after Charles Lincoln Wilson, a transportation executive and the builder of the California Central Railroad. The first settlement in Lincoln was made in 1859 by John Chapman, G. Gray, John Ziegenbein, and E. A. Gibson. In 1862 and 1863, Lincoln became very pros¬perous and had a population between 400-and 500.
Lincoln is the home of one of Placer County’s oldest businesses, the Gladding McBean terra cotta clay manufacturing plant, established in 1875, after Chicago resident Charles Gladding learned of a very large layer of clay near Lincoln. The plant is still in operation manufacturing primarily clay pipe used for city infrastructure.

Historic Downtown Lincoln

The Historic Downtown District stretches from First Street to Seventh Street between G and E Streets, and is renowned for its friendly merchants and small-town charm. With charming buildings and new businesses popping up all the time, be sure to make it a habit to come to Historic Downtown Lincoln.
See also our Community page for more information about the Lincoln community! http://lincolnchamber.com/lincoln-area-information/about-lincoln/

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