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Location Map for Lincoln

Location Map for Lincoln

Year Population
1970 4,759
1980 5,066
1990 5,587
2000 5,221
2010 5,085
Lincoln Population Chart 1840-2010

Population Trend 1840-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:20:50
W. Latitude 68:27:50
Maine House District 142
Maine Senate District 8
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 74.9
Area sq. mi. (land) 67.9
Population/sq.mi. (land) 74.9
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

Congressional Medal of Honor winner:

Somalia 1993

GARY I. GORDON

World War I Veterans Memorial in Downtown Lincoln (2014)

World War I Veterans Memorial Downtown (2014) @

sign: Welcome to Lincoln (2012)[LINK-uhn] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on January 30, 1829 from River townships number 2 and 3, and a half township granted to J. E. Foxcroft.

Settled in about 1822, a substantial number of families arrived in 1825.

Enoch Lincoln was the major landowner of the area. After he was elected Governor in 1827, the town was named in his honor upon incorporation two years later.

Methodist Church in Downtown (2001)

Methodist Church in Downtown (2001)

Lincoln Center Baptist Church (2012)

Lincoln Center Baptist (’12)

Passing through in 1846, Henry David Thoreau noted that his traveling group “came into the Houlton road again, here called the military road, at Lincoln, forty-five miles from Bangor, where there is quite a village for this country, – the principal one above Oldtown.”

Forty years later, George Varney observed that

The construction of the military road to Houlton, which passed through here, gave the settlements an increased impetus; and this village, being quite central to the lumbering operations of the period, became quite a rendezvous for the lumbermen.

That may have been a polite way of saying that the village was wild and wooly at times!

Lincoln Main Street (2001)

Lincoln Main Street (2001)

Lincoln Main Street (2012)

Lincoln Main Street (2012)

Lincoln has been a manufacturing center for pulp and paper, shoes and textiles. Recent years have seen a declining population as those economic sectors have faded.

In addition to shops and an apartment house, downtown contain the municipal building and the American Legion Hall.

American Legion (2016)

American Legion (2016)

Municipal Building (2016)

Municipal Building (2016)

Lincoln Historical Society (2012)

Historical Society (2012)

Fire Department (2012)

Fire Department (2012)

Restaurant and Housing Facility in Downtown Lincoln (2014)

Restaurant and Housing Facility (2014) @

Main Street Barber Shop in Lincoln (2014)

Main Street Barber Shop (2014) @

The 40 turbine Rollins Wind project began operations in 2011. Located about 8 miles east of the town, it consists of 40 1.5 megawatt wind turbines.

Lincoln town government expects to receive about  $250,000 per year from the company.

U.S. Route 2, which now passes through the village, is the successor to the military road that was built in response to the ongoing boundary dispute that resulted in the Aroostook War.

Views of Mattanawcook Pond and the Rollins Mountain Wind Turbines from Downtown Lincoln (2014)

Mattanawcook Pond and the Rollins Mountain Wind Turbines (2014) @

Gazebo in a Park with views of Mattanawcook Pond and the Rollins Mountain Wind Turbines (2014)

Gazebo views of the Pond and Wind Turbines (2014)

Public Library (2012)

Public Library (2012)

Schoolhouse Museum (2012)

Schoolhouse Museum (2012)

Penobscot Valley Hospital is located south of downtown on High Street (Route 155) toward Enfield.

Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln on High Street (Route 155) (2014)

Penobscot Valley Hospital (2014) @

Mountain Views from the Enfield Road (Route 155) at the Gilmore Farm Road in Lincoln (2014)

Mt. Katahdin from Enfield Road (2014) @

Lincoln Center, north of the main village on U.S. Route 2, contains a community center, two schools, a church and a small commercial area. Further north becomes more rural and is marked by the 887-foot Bagley Mountain and it array of communications towers in North Lincoln.

Ballard Hill Community Center (2016)

Ballard Hill Community Ctr

Lincoln Elementary School (2016)

Lincoln Elementary (2016)

Mattanawcook Academy (2016)

Mattanawcook Academy (2016)

Lincoln Center (2016)

Lincoln Center (2016)

Lincoln Center (2016)

Lincoln Center (2016)

Bagley Mountain (2016)

Bagley Mountain (2016)

Bagley Mountain (2016)

Bagley Mountain (2016)

Bagley Mountain (2016)

Bagley Mountain (2016)

Bagley Mountain Road (2016)

Bagley Mountain Road (2016)

Form of Government: Council-Manager

Additional resources

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.

Thoreau, Henry David. The Maine Woods. Penguin Books, USA. New York, NY. 1988. p. 9.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. pp. 328-329.




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