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Named for former President Abraham Lincoln, the city of Lincoln is in Benton County, Missouri. The first settler to inhabit the area was Wiley Vincent, who came in 1860. By 1867, the new town had a general store, a post office, blacksmith shop, saddle tree shop, and a church. Lincoln was incorporated in 1869. The stage route from Sedalia to Springfield came through Lincoln, bringing visitors, some of whom decided to stay. In the early days of Lincoln, the town was divided into north and south, with the southern portion being almost entirely German. Lincoln’s first school was a one-room schoolhouse built in 1889. The Sedalia, Warsaw and Southwestern Railroad came through in the late 1880s, allowing local agricultural products to be shipped to market. With overland truck transportation became more active, the railroad failed in 1946. Lincoln is concentrated just west of US Highway 65, with Missouri Highway C becoming Main Street, going through the center of town. Crockerville is northeast of Lincoln, while Edmonson is southeast, Roseland is west, and Santiago is northwest.



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