Lincoln, California 95648

 "Lincoln has the best life has to offer"
 

The original town site was surveyed and laid out in 1859 by "Theodore Judah" along

 the proposed line of the California Central Railroad. The name "Lincoln" was

 conferred in honor of "Charles Lincoln Wilson", one of the organizers and directors

 of the California Central Railroad. The California Central Railroad was planned

as a rail link between the cities of Marysville and Sacramento via a connection to

the Sacramento Valley Railroad in Folsom. Grading from Folsom to Marysville

commenced in 1858 and was completed to Marysville by 1860. Track laying began

that same year and the rails reached the site of Lincoln in early 1861. At this point,

due to a lack of funds, further construction on the California Central was

temporarily halted and Lincoln experienced a small-scale boom as the northern

terminus of this new road. Within a few years, however, more investors were

found and the line was extended to Wheatland, in Yuba County, bringing an end to

this early stage of Lincoln's development. When most of its population and business

moved on with the railroad, the town settled into a lull until the early 1870s, when

rich clay deposits of the Ione Formation were discovered nearby. This led to the

establishment of Gladding McBean & Co., the pottery for which Lincoln is famous,

ushering in a new era of prosperity and growth.

Lincoln remained a sleepy town until the mid-1990s, when the suburbs of

 Sacramento started expanding out past nearby Roseville. The city is now

 enjoying a new period of growth. As of the 2010 census, the population was

 42,819, for a growth rate of 282.1% since 2000, making Lincoln the fastest growing

 city in the United States over the last decade.

In 2006, Lincoln was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. It

 was the only California city to be named an All-America City that year and only

 one of 10 cities to receive the prestigious award.