Lincoln Center, Kansas

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Lincoln, Kansas
Lincoln Center business district (2010)
Lincoln Center business district (2010)
Location within Lincoln County and Kansas
Location within Lincoln County and Kansas
KDOT map of Lincoln County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°2′27″N 98°8′41″W / 39.04083°N 98.14472°W / 39.04083; -98.14472Coordinates: 39°2′27″N 98°8′41″W / 39.04083°N 98.14472°W / 39.04083; -98.14472
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyLincoln
Founded1870
Incorporated1879
Named forAbraham Lincoln
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorTravis Schwerdtfager
Area
 • Total1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Land1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,417 ft (432 m)
Population
 • Total1,297
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
1,229
 • Density1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67455
Area code785
FIPS code20-41300 [4]
GNIS ID472553
Websitelincolnks.org

Lincoln Center, more commonly known as Lincoln, is a city in Lincoln County, Kansas, United States.[5] It is also the county seat of Lincoln County. In 2010, 1,297 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

1915 Railroad Map of Lincoln County

Settler George Green created the town of Lincoln in 1870. He named it after the county. "Center" was added to its name to indicate its location in the central part of the county. County residents initially voted to place the county seat in Lincoln Center.[7] However, elections in November 1870 led to the seat being moved to nearby Abram. This started a county seat war. Another vote in February 1872 reversed the switch, and Lincoln Center became the permanent county seat. The people moved all the buildings in Abram to Lincoln, combining the two communities.[8] In 1879, the town was incorporated as the city of Lincoln Center. It is still officially called "Lincoln Center" in the United States Census.[5][6] However, both the city government and local chamber of commerce call the city Lincoln.[5][9] It shows as "Lincoln" on state maps and signs.[10][11]

In 1906, the city's first power plant opened, providing electric power.[7] By 1950, the state highway commission had completed K-14 and K-18 through Lincoln.

In 1989, because Lincoln had been using post rock limestone in local buildings for so long, the Kansas Legislature named Lincoln County as "The Post Rock Capital of Kansas".[12]

Geography[change | change source]

Lincoln Center is at 39°2′30″N 98°8′48″W / 39.04167°N 98.14667°W / 39.04167; -98.14667 (39.041744, -98.146760). It has an elevation of 1,417 feet (432 m).[13][14] The city is on the north side of the Saline River. It is in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[15] Yauger Creek, a tributary of the Saline River, goes south along the eastern edge of the city. It goes until its confluence with the Saline just south of the city. The confluence of the Saline and Lost Creek, another of the river's tributaries, is southwest of the city.[11] It is at the intersection of Kansas Highway 14 (K-14) and Kansas Highway 18 (K-18) in north-central Kansas. Lincoln Center is 101 miles (163 km) northwest of Wichita, 190 miles (310 km) west of Kansas City, and 371 miles (597 km) east-southeast of Denver.[15][16]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2). All of it is land.[1]

Weather[change | change source]

Lincoln Center has hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The average temperature is 55.1 °F (12 °C), and the average precipitation per year is 27.4 inches (69 cm).[17] Snowfall averages 19.3 inches (49 cm) per year.[18] On average, July is the warmest month, January is the coldest month, and May is the wettest month. The hottest temperature ever in Lincoln was 117 °F (47 °C) in 1947; the coldest temperature ever was -27 °F (-33 °C) in 1989.[19]

Climate data for Lincoln, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
87
(31)
95
(35)
104
(40)
108
(42)
114
(46)
114
(46)
114
(46)
117
(47)
103
(39)
88
(31)
81
(27)
117
(47)
Average high °F (°C) 39
(4)
47
(8)
56
(13)
67
(19)
76
(24)
88
(31)
95
(35)
92
(33)
83
(28)
71
(22)
54
(12)
43
(6)
68
(20)
Daily mean °F (°C) 28
(−2)
34
(1)
44
(7)
54
(12)
64
(18)
75
(24)
81
(27)
78
(26)
69
(21)
57
(14)
42
(6)
31
(−1)
55
(13)
Average low °F (°C) 13
(−11)
18
(−8)
28
(−2)
38
(3)
50
(10)
60
(16)
66
(19)
64
(18)
54
(12)
40
(4)
27
(−3)
17
(−8)
40
(4)
Record low °F (°C) −26
(−32)
−24
(−31)
−19
(−28)
11
(−12)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
44
(7)
44
(7)
26
(−3)
10
(−12)
−7
(−22)
−27
(−33)
−27
(−33)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.76
(19)
0.86
(22)
2.45
(62)
2.40
(61)
4.75
(121)
3.21
(82)
4.07
(103)
3.72
(94)
2.41
(61)
2.02
(51)
1.60
(41)
0.87
(22)
29.12
(739)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 6.3
(16)
4.9
(12)
2.5
(6.4)
0.7
(1.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.25)
1.3
(3.3)
3.6
(9.1)
19.4
(48.85)
Source: The Weather Channel;[19] National Weather Service[18]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880422
18901,100160.7%
19001,26214.7%
19101,50819.5%
19201,6137.0%
19301,7327.4%
19401,7611.7%
19501,636−7.1%
19601,7175.0%
19701,582−7.9%
19801,5991.1%
19901,381−13.6%
20001,349−2.3%
20101,297−3.9%
2016 (est.)1,229[3]−5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 United States Census says that there were 1,297 people, 576 households, and 324 families living in Lincoln Center.[6]

Education[change | change source]

Lincoln Unified School District 298 (USD 298) controls two public schools in Lincoln Center: Lincoln Elementary School (Grades Pre-K-6) and Lincoln Junior/Senior High School (7-12).[20]

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Lincoln Municipal Airport is about a mile northwest of Lincoln Center on K-18. It is used for general aviation[21]

A railroad of the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad goes through the west side of the city.[22]

Media[change | change source]

The Lincoln Sentinel-Republican is the local newspaper. It is published once per week.[23]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "City of Lincoln, Kansas". City of Lincoln, Kansas. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "American FactFinder 2". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Buchanan, Shirley. "A Brief History of Lincoln Kansas". Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  8. Barr, Elizabeth N. (1908), "County Organization", A Souvenir History of Lincoln County, Kansas, Topeka: Farmer Job Office, archived from the original on 2010-10-08, retrieved 2010-01-19
  9. "Welcome to the Lincoln County Area Chamber". Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  10. "2011-2012 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "General Highway Map - Lincoln County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  12. "Certification of State Register Listing" (PDF). Kansas State Historical Society. August 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  13. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  16. "City Distance Tool". Geobytes. Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  17. "Historical Weather for Lincoln, Kansas, United States of America". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Weather Service Forecast Office - Wichita, KS. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Average weather for Lincoln, KS". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  20. "Lincoln USD 298". USD 298. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  21. "K71 - Lincoln Municipal Airport". AirNav.com. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  22. "Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad - Printable Map". Watco Companies. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  23. "About this Newspaper: The Lincoln sentinel-republican". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  24. "Baker, William, (1831-1910)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  25. Bayne, Martha (2003-11-13). "Bookslut Rising". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  26. "Don Wendell Holter". Central Methodist University. Archived from the original on 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  27. Scott, Franklin W., ed. (1918). Daniel Ray Hull. The semi-centennial alumni record of the University of Illinois. University of Illinois.
  28. Imperato, Pascal James (1999). They Married Adventure: The Wandering Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press. p. 7.
  29. "What Constitutes Success: A $250 Prize Story by a Lincoln Woman". Lincoln Sentinel. 1905-11-30. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  30. Hallett, Anthony; Hallett, Diane (1997). Entrepreneur Magazine Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. p. 486.

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