The original town site was surveyed and laid out in 1859 by
"Theodore Judah" along
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
Grading from Folsom to Marysville
commenced in 1858 and was completed to Marysville by 1860. Track laying
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
temporarily halted and Lincoln experienced a small-scale boom as the
terminus of this new road. Within a few years, however, more investors
found and the line was extended to
bringing an end to
this early stage of Lincoln's development. When most of its population
moved on with the railroad, the town
settled into a lull until the early 1870s, when
rich clay deposits of the
Formation were discovered nearby. This led to the
Gladding McBean &
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
city in the United States over the last decade.
In 2006, Lincoln was named an All-America City by the National Civic League.
was the only California city to be named an All-America City that year
one of 10 cities to receive the prestigious award.