Lincoln, Michigan?

Welcome Sign to Lincoln, Michigan


Who knew? I live in Michigan and never heard of Lincoln, Michigan. Have any of you ever been there? It’s located in Alcona County a few miles West of Harrisville (another place I’ve not been to). In fact, the town Lincoln was originally called West Harrisville. It was a lumber settlement that was renamed Lincoln in 1899. It seems no one really knows why it was renamed Lincoln-but it is higly probable that it was named after President Lincoln. There are many places in America- and even around the globe-named after Abraham Lincoln. There is even a Lincoln, Alabama-but that city is named after Revolutionary War soldier Benjamin Lincoln. At any rate, I look forward to visiting Lincoln, Michigan one of these days-especially since it’s basically in my own back yard!

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2 Responses to “Lincoln, Michigan?”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Hey Chris:
    How are you doing? I’ve been meaning to visit the city of Lincoln in your State sometime. I believe there is a statue of Lincoln there, isn’t there? I think Lincoln Michigan is about 100 miles or so from where I live. Thanks for the great info!

  2. Chris says:

    How far away from you is that? It’s possible the town was indirectly named after Lincoln, perhaps through a lumber company or something.

    In any case, the only town named Lincoln that I’ve been to is Lincoln, IL which is 30 minutes from here. It’s a beautiful historic small town, that contains some Lincoln sites like the Postville Courthouse. It’s the first town to be named after Lincoln and the only one to be named for him while he was alive. He was present at the christening on August 26, 1853 when he joked that “a town named Lincoln wouldn’t amount to much”. The town today has a population of about 15,000. Lincoln did own property in the town.

    The biggest city named after Lincoln is Lincoln, Nebraska with over 225,000 people. I’ve never been there though.

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