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Named 'All America City'
The city of Lincoln 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. The original town site was surveyed and laid out in 1859 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 CCRR was planned as a rail link between the cities of Marysville and Sacramento via a connection to the Sacramento Valley Railroad in Folsom. 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 were discovered nearby. This led to the establishment of Gladding, McBean & Co., which began manufacturing the terra cotta pottery for which Lincoln is famous, ushering in a new era of prosperity and growth. The plant, one of Placer County's oldest businesses, is still in operation today manufacturing primarily clay pipe used for city infrastructure. Lincoln remained a sleepy town until the mid-1990s, when the suburbs of Sacramento started expanding out past nearby Roseville. The city is now experiencing a new period of growth. As a result of the City's 2002 strategic plan new office buildings, shopping centers, housing developments and custom home properties can be seen all around the Lincoln area.
In June 2004, Lincoln gained additional notoriety when it opened the first casino in the greater Sacramento Metropolitan Area, Thunder Valley Casino Resort. In early 2006, Lincoln's population reached over 33,000 reflecting the City's march forward on its 'smart growth' plan and Lincoln was named an 'All America City' by the prestigious National Civic League, an honor recognizing communities of all sizes that have made major progress in meeting their most important needs. It was the only California city to be named an All America City that year and only one of 10 cities to receive the celebrated award. 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. 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, locals and visitors enjoy Historic Downtown Lincoln. 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 retain the small town charm and character of its history.