Lincoln in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Colonel C. Lincoln Wilson
First president of the Sacramento Valley Railroad
Founder of the California Central Railroad
Colonel Wilson came to California in 1849 not to look for gold but to build a transportation industry. After operating a successful toll road & toll bridge in the San Francisco area and a shipping line on the Sacramento River, Wilson turned his talents to the building of a railroad. He was responsible for bringing Theadore Judah to California in 1854 – the West’s most important civil engineer. In 1859 Wilson laid out the town of Lincoln, the town that bears his name. The city lots sold by public auction in 1861.
Erected 1986 by Lord Sholto Douglas No. 3, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 38° 53.503′ N, 121° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 561 5th Street, Lincoln CA 95648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Beerman Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Hoppert Building (about 400 feet away); I O O F Building (about 500 feet away); Fleming Building (about 600 feet away); Emmada Building (about 600 feet away); Butterfield/Jansen Building (about 700 feet away); First Clay Pipe Plant in the West (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Regarding Colonel C. Lincoln Wilson. From 1861 to 1864 Lincoln was a thriving freighting center. The relocation of the terminus of the California Central Railroad to Wheatland in 1866, along with the moving of the stage and teamster business, activity in Lincoln declined.
Also see . . .
1. City of Lincoln, California history. Town homepage. (Submitted on September 18, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. COL Charles Lincoln Wilson. Find A Grave entry. (Submitted on September 18, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 20, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2011, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 4. submitted on September 18, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.