About Lincoln

 

Introduction to Lincoln, California

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

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!

Our Community

A small community with big ideas, Lincoln has been growing by leaps and bounds!

Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of the “100 Fastest Growing U.S. Counties with 10,000 or more Population in 2005, the City of Lincoln ‘s population showed the greatest increase of Placer County cities with 294 percent growth from 1996 to 2006. According to the California Department of Finance, the City of Lincoln, with a population of almost 34,000, had the highest annual growth rate (nearly 23 percent) of all California cities from January 2005 to January 2006.

*Sacramento Regional Research Institute (SRRI), a joint venture of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO) and California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State).

Visiting Lincoln

Staying and Playing in Lincoln and Placer County

Whether it’s for leisure, enjoyment, recreation, relaxation, visiting family and relatives, or just plain fun doing whatever, once you’re here you can stay and play at lots of places in and around Lincoln!

The area around Lincoln is rich. You’ll find plenty of shopping, golf, sports, and recreation. Or you can check out local parks and other points of interest.

Lincoln is home to Gladding, McBean, the only remaining major manufacturer of ornamental hand-sculptured terra cotta in the U.S. many decorating some of America’s most famous buildings.

On Thursday nights, from June through August, you can shop the Lincoln Farmers’ Market in Historic Downtown Lincoln. And if other “Agri-Touring” is something you would enjoy, you’ll find the Quick Links on this page especially helpful.

Enjoy a meal in one of our restaurants, browse through shops, or take in a book and a nap under a shady tree in McBean Park!

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