Lincoln is a city in Central Illinois. It was settled by Europeans in the 1830s, and is home to two colleges and two prisons. The two colleges are Lincoln College and Lincoln Christian University. It is also the home of the world's largest covered wagon and numerous other historical sites along the Route 66 corridor.
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.
The population was about 14,000 in 2019. It is the county seat of Logan County.
Lincoln lost most of its industries in the 1980s and 1990s. Since that time it has struggled to reinvent itself. The end result has been skyrocketing taxation and failures of infrastructure.
The town was in 1853, in an unusual ceremony. Abraham Lincoln, having assisted with the platting of the town and working as counsel for the newly laid Chicago & Mississippi 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. 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 has a humid continental climate. Monthly means range from 25.9 °F (−3.4 °C) in January to 75.0 °F (23.9 °C) in July.
Lincoln is 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 near Emden, Illinois at the U.S. Highway 136, Illinois Route 121 intersection.
- Heritage in Flight Museum, 1351 Airport Rd, ☏ . Sa Su 8AM-5PM.
- Lincoln College (chartered as Lincoln University), a private four-year liberal arts college, was founded in early 1865. 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 features the stone, three-story, domed Logan County Courthouse (1905).
- The Postville Courthouse State Historic Site contains a 1953 replica of the original 1840 Logan County courthouse.
- Lincoln Antique & Furniture, 112 S McLean St, ☏ .
- Red Barn Antiques, 114 S Chicago St, ☏ .
- Flossie & Delzena's, 600 Broadway St, ☏ .
- Chi Family Restaurant, 819 Woodlawn Rd, ☏ .
- The Mama's Arcade Cafe, 513 Pulaski St, ☏ .
- Rio Grande Mexican Bar & Grill, 3091 Woodlawn Rd, ☏ .
- Guzzardo's Italian Villa, 509 Pulaski St, ☏ .
- Deep Roots Bakery & Cafe, 127 S Kickapoo St, ☏ .
- Sorrento's Pizza, 604 Broadway St, ☏ .
- Spirited Republic, 509 Pulaski St, ☏ .
- 1 Budget Inn, 2011 N Kickapoo St, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
- Comfort Inn, 2811 Woodlawn Rd, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Crossroads Motel, 1305 Woodlawn Rd, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn Express, 130 Olson Dr, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
- Lincoln Country Inn, 1750 5th St, ☏ .
- Randolph-MK House Bed & Breakfast, 227 North Logan Street, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. $100-185/night.
- Redwood Motel, 725 Hickox, ☏ .
- Super 8, 2809 Woodlawn Road, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin Street, ☏ , fax: . M W F 9AM-5PM; Tu Th 9AM-7PM; Sa 9AM-1PM. Free internet access with valid ID.
|Routes through Lincoln|
|St. Louis ← Springfield ←||S/SW N/NE||→ Normal → Chicago|
|Bloomington ← Atlanta ←||N S||→ Williamsville → Springfield|
|Springfield ← Williamsville ←||W E||→ Atlanta → Bloomington|