Starting with the Conchardee Indians and men such as Hernando De Soto and Andrew Jackson follow The City of Lincoln’s history over the past 500 years. The city was named for General Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary war general who accepted the sword of surrender from Cornwallis at Yorktown.
Lincoln is a small growing city located in the east central area of Alabama. The city is located on Interstate 20, U.S. Highway 78 and Alabama Highway 77 and Logan Martin Lake. Population of the city varies with when you ask, ask in the morning about 8:00 O’clock and the answer would be around 12,000 as the Honda workers would be at work, ask on race day and the answer would be more like 250,000 and on most nights around 6,000 which is what we expect the next census count to reflect. The city prides itself on diversity. While there were two predominately black districts created to promote racial diversity on the council one of those districts elected a white man and one of the white districts elected a black man. In recent elections blacks have won in predominantely white districts. The city has had two black police chiefs and currently has a black magistrate. Women have played an important role in city government. The first woman was elected to the council in 1928. Since 1972 at least one woman has been on every council and in 2004 women were the majority of the council members.
Education is important. Three of the present five council members and the mayor have obtained advanced certification as elected officials and the remaining two are in the training program for basic certification. The council and mayor attend programs that improve their ability to manage the city. Presently four of the council members are on National League of Cities Committees. Two council members and the mayor are on steering committees of the National League of Cities. One council member and the mayor serve on the Alabama League of Municipalities Executive Committee. One council member is a vice chair of a League Committee. The remaining council members serve on various League Committees. The mayor is a past president of the Alabama League of Municipalities. All of the council members and mayor have attended National League of Cities programs to improve their ability to govern the city. Two members and the mayor are eligible and have attended the Southern Municipal Conference which provides information on improving communities. The city is also a member of the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. The city is also a member of the Talladega County Economic Development Authority.
The city was instrumental in working to bring Honda to the city. The city also prepared the legislation creating the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. As a full service city many adjacent residents have elected to annex their property into the city. Lincoln has the only condos built in the county, Lincoln Harbor, on Logan Martin, and Legacy which is on Speedway Boulevard near the Talladega Superspeedway. Pier Point and Coosa Towers, condo projects on Logan Martin are presently on hold due to the present economic climate. Some units are available at Lincoln Harbor, Legacy and Pier Point. With many new subdivision there are many different housing styles available, see our Community section.