All About Lincoln
Lincoln is a city in Logan County, Illinois, United States. It is the only town in the United States that was named for Abraham Lincoln before he became president; he practiced law there from 1847 to 1859. First settled in the 1830s, Lincoln is home to three colleges and two prisons. The three colleges are Lincoln College, Lincoln Christian University, and Heartland Community College. It is also the home of the world’s largest covered wagon.
The population was 14,504 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Logan County.
Lincoln is located on I-55 (formerly U.S. Route 66), between Bloomington and Springfield. In addition Illinois Route 10 and Illinois Route 121 run into the city and Illinois Route 121 now ends in Lincoln; former Route 121 north of the city is now Interstate 155. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/il/lincoln-282036670)
Things To Do In Lincoln:
Come Spend A Day In Lincoln!
Lincoln Park District
Serving the local community, Lincoln Park District offers parks, fitness centers, driving ranges, baseball fields, and more at its facilities. The district has a sports center with free fitness classes, weights, and other equipment.
Railsplitter Covered Wagon
The world’s largest covered wagon, listed in the Guinness Book of Records, the Railsplitter Covered Wagon is the number 1 roadside attraction in America according to the Reader’s Digest magazine.
Edward R Madigan State Fish & Wildlife Area
Guests can enjoy a variety of recreational activities including hiking, hunting, boating, picnicking, and fishing at Edward R Madigan State Fish & Wildlife Area.
Lincoln Heritage Museum
Dedicated to the American president, the Lincoln Heritage Museum exhibits artifacts pertaining to Lincoln’s life, as well as artifacts from the Civil War.
The Lincoln Speedway is a dirt race track that hosts a variety of auto races, including modifieds and stock cars, on a quarter mile track. Refreshments are available, as well.
Providing more than just bowling, Logan Lanes offers a variety of recreational fun for all ages to enjoy. This includes cosmic bowling (a popular weekend activity), along with a golf simulator and gaming machines. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/lincoln-il)
Education in Lincoln
About Lincoln Educational System
Lincoln Area Schools
PUBLIC GRADE SCHOOLS
Adams School – Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Central School -Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Jefferson School – Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Northwest School – Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Chester East – Kindergarten through 8th grade.
West Lincoln-Broadwell – Kindergatern through 8th grade.
Lincoln Junior High School – 6th grade through 8th grade.
PRIVATE GRADE SCHOOLS
Carroll Catholic – Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Zion Lutheran School – Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Lincoln Community High School
Lincoln College – For more than 150 years Lincoln College has helped students of all backgrounds maximize their potential. Students can earn an Associate and Bachelor’s degree from our expanding list of degree options.
Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is a Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world.
Heartland Community College – a two year college based in Normal, IL, with classes offered in Lincoln. (source: https://www.lincolnil.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=80)
History of Lincoln:
Lincoln is rich in history!
The town was officially named on August 29, 1853, in an unusual ceremony. Abraham Lincoln, having assisted with the platting of the town and working as counsel for the newly laid railroad which led to its founding, was asked to participate in a naming ceremony for the town. On this date, the first sale of lots took place in the new town. Ninety were sold at prices ranging from $40 to $150. According to tradition Lincoln was present. At noon he purchased two watermelons and carried one under each arm to public square. There he invited Latham, Hickox, and Gillette, proprietors, to join him, saying, “Now we’ll christen the new town.”, squeezing watermelon juice out on the ground. Legend has it that when it had been proposed to him that the town be named for him, he had advised against it, saying that in his experience, “Nothing bearing the name of Lincoln ever amounted to much.” The town of Lincoln was the first city named after Abraham Lincoln, while he was a lawyer and before he was President of the United States.
Lincoln College (chartered Lincoln University), a private four-year liberal arts college, was founded in early 1865 and granted 2 year degrees until 1929. News of the establishment and name of the school was communicated to President Lincoln shortly before his death making Lincoln the only college to be named after Lincoln while he was living. The College has an excellent collection of Abraham Lincoln related documents and artifacts, housed in a museum which is open to the general public.
The City of Lincoln was located directly on U.S. Route 66 from 1926 through 1978. This is its secondary tourist theme after the connection with Abraham Lincoln. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Illinois#History)
Check out Lincoln’s Neighborhood
Lincoln is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,966 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Lincoln is the 168th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lincoln is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lincoln is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lincoln who work in office and administrative support (13.88%), sales jobs (10.17%) and food service (9.48%).
The percentage of adults in Lincoln who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.91% of the adults in Lincoln have a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lincoln in 2010 was $23,669, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,676 for a family of four. However, Lincoln contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Lincoln home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lincoln residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lincoln include German, Irish, English, French, Dutch and Scottish. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/lincoln/)
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