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.
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!