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Century 6 20th Lincoln, Alabama

100 Years of Progess By David Atchison

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16 Leaders


Leading Lincoln City Fathers have steered Lincoln through a century of change. By Aziza Jackson


24 Memories Memories of Lincoln


G e n i C e rta i n

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In the 1940s, Lincoln was largely rural, but the growth to come was already taking root. By Elsie Hodnett

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Century 32 19th Lincoln Before It Was Lincoln

Photography Bob Crisp L a u r a N at i o n - A t c h i s o n Art Direction B e n i ta G . D u f f Graphic Designers Sandra Carr F ay D e n t o n Geraldine Osburn

A Conchardee chief with one blue eye, Andrew Jackson on his way to war, the coming of the railroad and the first county high school are all part of Lincoln’s heritage. By Matt Quillen

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Benjamin Lincoln Revolutionary War Hero By Elsie Hodnett

42 Historic Buildings



Building History There’s still a lot of life in Lincoln’s oldest structures. By Laura Nation-Atchison


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Poised for Growth Lincoln is now one of Alabama’s fastest growing cities. By Lindsey Holland

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Lincoln looks to the future Renovations, along with new parks and municipal buildings prepare the city for its next 100 years. By Elsie Hodnett


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f you build it, they will come — at least that’s been Lincoln’s story for the past 100 years. The Talladega County School was built in 1911, and children across Talladega County came to Lincoln. Logan Martin Dam was constructed, not only producing a source of power for the region, but offering a variety of recreational activities on the lake — and people came. Interstate 20 was built, including the I-20 bridge spanning Logan Martin Lake, providing a faster, better and easier means to reach Lincoln — and people came. The International Motor Speedway, now known as the Talladega Superspeedway, was erected in the middle of an old airport, and thousands of race fans came, putting Lincoln on the international map. And finally, Honda of America, attracted by what Lincoln could offer, built a new automotive plant and thousands of people came to work and live in the city that is now celebrating its 100th year anniversary of incorporation. Lock 4 on the Coosa River

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A look at 20th Century Lincoln

IMAGES OF LINCOLN She sat in a wooden rocker, rocking back and forth on the concrete walkway. She was only an arm’s length away from where important decisions were made to help shape the direction of the city of Lincoln. “This is my building the barbershop is in,” Kelly Love, 47, of Lincoln, said pointing to the brick building behind her. “It’s the old City Hall.” It’s next door to the family’s boutique, one of several stores in the historic downtown district of Lincoln. Railroad tracks are only a stone’s throw away from the front of the family’s boutique store. A depot once sat on the other side of the railroad tracks. The old depot was almost directly in front of the boutique, which once housed the town’s general merchandise store. The depot was moved down the street, on the opposite side of the railroad tracks. “People ask me, ‘Does the train still come through here?’” Love said. “I would say, ‘Yes they do.’” Only a short time later a train rumbled down the railroad tracks, blowing its loud whistle as it approached the Magnolia Street road crossing. “My great-grandfather came here with the railroad,” Love said. The Lincoln native has a passion for history, especially when it comes to her own hometown. So much so, she

helped gather historical information about Lincoln and worked with the local historical group toget historic buildings and homes placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004, Love wrote and published a book about the history of Lincoln. The book, “Images of America — Lincoln,” is chock full of old photographs of Lincoln’s past. She said it was fun gathering information and meeting and talking to people about Lincoln’s historic past. “I loved it and still do,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve gotten letters from everywhere.” The letters and calls provided bits and pieces of Lincoln’s past and the people who guided the city to where it is now. “It took a lot of investigation to gather the information in the book,” Love said. She said what she loved about collecting information for the book was hearing “the little stories” people would tell her, many of which involved ancestors of their families. Like about how Blue Eye Creek was named after an Indian chief with one blue eye, or about a local attorney who had a strange way of drying his clothes. She said Lincoln attorney Earl Montgomery would hang his socks out of his car window, letting the air blow dry his socks as he drove to the courthouse. In her book, Love tells about the early schools housed in local churches. 100 Years & G r o w i n g


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“Just before 1900, a three-room, wooden schoolhouse was built near Lincoln Cemetery and used until 1925,” she wrote in her book. “Talladega County High School was built in Lincoln, and this, too, was a milestone in the city’s development. Construction began on the new school in 1911, and the event more than likely prompted the city’s incorporation the same year…” Love points out that Lincoln has an abundance of water sources, Blue Eye Creek, Choccolocco Creek and the Coosa River, which helps sustain life, and Lincoln was a major stop for the railroad. She noted in her book that Lincoln’s first telephones were installed in 1909. Power was available in 1915, and the city had a public water system by 1934. The first streets were paved in 1940. “We were still a thriving city in the ’40s and ’50s,” she said. Although like most cities, Lincoln struggled through the Great Depression, Love noted that Lincoln was a rural area and farm people knew how to survive. “They were small-town, country folks that knew how to take care of themselves, and they took care of others as well,” Love said. With recovery during and after World War II, Love said, in the 1940s and ’50s Lincoln had two car dealerships, two movie theaters and two banks. Love said for more than 50 years after the incorporation of Lincoln, the one square mile of the corporate limit never changed. Then, in the 1960s, she said, city leaders and the events of the decade significantly influenced and shaped the city into what it is today. Love said there was no civil unrest in Lincoln when schools integrated. “Everybody was concentrating on progress and where the city was going,” she said. Love said the building of Logan Martin Dam, the development of Interstate 20

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and the construction of the superspeedway all happened in the 1960s. “There was a very progressive group of city leaders at that time,” Love said. “They embraced change.” LOGAN MARTIN LAKE Lincoln Mayor Lew Watson said he remembers that before Alabama Power Co. pitched its idea to dam the Coosa River, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offered a proposal in the 1950s. “The plan was defeated,” Watson said. The Army Corps of Engineers plan would have put in lake in the Lincoln historic district, and the town of Riverside would have been completely under water, Watson said. He said the plan would have formed the biggest lake in the Southeast. “I remember people saying, ‘We’ll starve to death because they are taking all the good farm land,’” Watson said.

The public fought and won, and the Army Corps of Engineers plan was scrapped, the mayor said. “Alabama Power Co. proposed a new plan and was successful in getting the plan in place,” Watson said. According to Alabama Power Co., Logan Martin Dam was the second dam built as a part of Alabama Power’s construction plan, which included the construction of Weiss, Henry and Bouldin dams. The dam and lake were named for William Logan Martin Jr., who was a circuit court judge in Montgomery. He also served as the attorney general for Alabama. In 1921, Martin was appointed as Alabama Power Co.’s general attorney. Buddy Eiland of Anniston, a former public information representative for the power company, said all Alabama Power dams were built in such a way that a lock could be added later. “That was never done,” Eiland said. “It would have been very expensive.” He said as people became more mobile, because of

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the construction of Interstate 20, population moved from the larger cities, such as Birmingham, to bedroom communities around the lake, such as Lincoln and Pell City. “They liked the lifestyle on the lake,� Eiland said. “The lake became an economic engine, a magnet for industrial development because people were looking for quality of life.� INTERSTATE 20 Moss Thornton Co. built several sections of Interstate 20, including the highway section east of the interstate bridge that spans Logan Martin Lake. “I was in charge of that construction,� said William “Bill� Moss Jr., 75, of Birmingham. Before Interstate 20 was completed, commuters traveled from Birmingham to Atlanta on a narrow two-lane highway, U.S. 78. U.S. 78 still exists today, but sections of the old highway are closed. Moss recalls that when all the excavating work was completed for the I-20 section between Logan Martin Lake and Lincoln and workers began paving the westbound lane of I-20, there was an accident. “The paving supervisor and state inspector walked ahead to make sure everything was right,� Moss said. “All of a sudden, they disappeared.� Apparently a sinkhole caved in, and the two men fell inside. “We were fortunate,� Moss said. “It was a huge sink hole.� When that time comes that everyone dreads but know they have to face, it’s good to know you have friends that will be there for you and Talladega Funeral Home can be counted as one of those friends. Keith Gibbs, Director


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The supervisor suffered only minor injuries, but the state inspector ended up in the hospital for a month. Workers made a special concrete pad to fix the sinkhole and to prevent further damage. HIGHWAY IMPACT “The interstate ended at (Alabama) 77 for about one year,� said Roy McCaig, 72, of Lincoln. McCaig’s father, Travis, opened the first Lincoln hotel in the Embry Cross Roads area in 1954. “I guess you could call it a roadside motel,� he said. It was located at the intersection of U.S. 78 and what is now Honda Drive. The family also operated a gas station and restaurant until the construction of I-20. He said the family later opened up a hotel, gas station and restaurant next to I-20 at exit 168. “We just moved with the traffic,� McCaig said. He said it took people three hours to travel from Lincoln to Birmingham on U.S. 78.



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The highway was a narrow two-lane, winding road with treacherous curves. He said I-20 provided a faster, safer means of travel. McCaig said the interstate eventually attracted more business for Lincoln, including national restaurant chains. “Traffic wasn’t at the point it is now,” McCaig said. “Lincoln was stagnant for several years after the interstate was built.” But the interstate eventually led the way to something bigger, which made a significant economic impact, as well as shining the spotlight on Lincoln. ALABAMA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY “Growth was real slow,” McCaig recalled. “It didn’t come instantly.” What sped things along — literally — was a man named Bill France, who was looking for a place to build the fastest racetrack in the country. McCaig said everyone worked hard to bring the Alabama International Speedway, now known as the Talladega Superspeedway to fruition. And lo and behold, who would have the knowledge and capability to build a 2.66-mile tri-oval track, providing racecar drivers a way to travel in excess of 200 mph, but Moss Thornton Co. Moss designed and supervised the construction of the $4 million racetrack. “When those two guys got together, they figured how to do it,” McCaig said. Construction began on the new racetrack in 1968. “When we got started with the construction of the speedway, my father took (France) down to meet Gov.

George Wallace,” Moss said. “He explained what we were doing and about all the people it was going to bring.” Moss said Gov. Wallace agreed to have the state widen the road between Alabama 77 and I-20 exit 173. The road became Speedway Boulevard. “That road got built, and it’s been a lifesaver for sure.” Moss went on to help design and build many other racetracks during his career as an engineer and race fan. NASCAR FANS COME The city of Lincoln had never seen anything like the inaugural Talladega 500 in September 1969. More than 45,000 people poured in to watch NASCAR driver Richard Brickhouse exceed speeds of 200 mph to win his first and only NASCAR race. On the average, Brickhouse steered his 1969 gold Dodge Daytona, Chrysler’s first winged car, at 197-198 mph. “It’s unbelievable going around a corner at 200 mph,” Brickhouse said in an interview with The Daily Home in 1994. Many drivers were boycotting races when the Alabama International Speedway opened. Drivers had safety concerns, but the inaugural race was an experience one driver will never forget. “It’s not often you get to relive your past, Brickhouse said when his winning car was displayed inside the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994. “But it is very rewarding to be a part of it.” Don Naman, 74, who served as the former vice president and executive director for the Talladega Superspeedway for 18 years and the former executive

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director for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame for 12 years, remembers the inaugural Talladega 500 race. He was there not as the executive director for the track but as a spectator. “It is the greatest track in the world,” Naman said. “The competition at the track is incredible.” Naman said he knew after his visit to the Alabama International Speedway that he wanted to be a part of it and to live in Lincoln. “I said, “God, let me be a part of this,” Naman said. “He answered my prayers.” He said France looked at many possible sites for the new superspeedway before deciding on Lincoln. “It made this area famous,” Naman said. But Naman said the location of the track was perfect because you could never find the hospitality anywhere like Lincoln. “You have people here who are the most friendly, supportive people in the country,” he said. Today, races at the Talladega Superspeedway bring

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more than three times the visitors of the inaugural 1969 race. “It has made us very happy,” McCaig said. “The speedway has brought more development, and I would say it had some impact in bringing Honda.” HONDA FINDS A HOME Lincoln saw some positive growth in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. “The ’60s laid the foundation because of the lake, Interstate and of course the superspeedway,” Watson said, and the closing of the Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile helped Lincoln because people from that base were transferred to the Anniston Army Depot. “Lincoln became a bedroom community development,” Watson said. However, in 1999, the ground shook in Lincoln when Honda announced plans to open a 1.7 million-square-foot plant on 1,350 acres of land in Lincoln. Today the plant has grown to 3.5 million square feet. Watson said Honda Manufacturing of Alabama broke ground in April 2000, and production of the Odyssey minivan began in November 2001. Watson says today, Honda employs about 4,000 associates and also produces the Honda Pilot, Ridgeline and V-6 Accord. Watson, who is in the real estate business, said he can boast that he is the only mayor to ever obtain options for an automobile plant. “As mayor, I headed up the development council here,” he said. “I got no fee. Everything I did was in the name of the city.”

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WHAT’S NEXT Most believe Lincoln’s real growth is coming in the next decade — or maybe even sooner. “When we look back 50 years from now, Honda groundbreaking, April 2000. we’ll look at this decade as a decade of growth,” Love predicted. “There is tremendous opportunity for growth now.” Watson also believes Lincoln is in an ideal position to welcome and embrace new development and growth, but it could be further down the road. “Twenty-two new subdivisions have been built since Honda’s arrival,” Watson said, adding that he attributes most of that development and growth to the car manufacturer’s moving to Lincoln. “If you look at other automobile plants, the real growth around those plants didn’t come in the first 10 years, but the second 10 years,” he said. Watson said the subdivisions and developments are available, and the infrastructure and streets are already in place — Lincoln is ready for growth. “The next decade is going to be a real significant growth period for Lincoln,” Watson said. But only history will tell. v

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he native Conchardee tribes served as the area’s first leaders. In fact, many of these chiefs serve as local legends today, and their influence on present-day Lincoln can be seen in the names of local attractions. A well-known local legend states that Blue Eye Creek was named after a Conchardee chief who had one blue eye and one brown eye. Choccolocco Creek is named after another chief in tribute to him and to his tribe’s presence in the area. Lincoln leadership over the years has also consisted of a strong collaboration of mayors and councilmen who have worked together to pull Lincoln in a progressive direction. In “Images of America: Lincoln” by Kelly Love, Sen. Robert Benjamin Burns is credited with being a leader in Lincoln’s 1911 incorporation. Burns was born Jan. 2, 1864,

and was also instrumental in locating the first Talladega County High School in Lincoln. He was later elected to the Alabama Senate and represented the 8th Senate District. Lincoln’s first mayor was W.D. Henderson. He served two two-year terms, 1911-1912 and 1919-1920. The first council members were L.U. Dickinson, J.L. Richey, J.M. Cunningham, W.N. Jons and W.D. Davis. Together they opened Third Avenue between Magnolia and Chestnut streets, which extended Magnolia Street to the high school area for the county’s first high school. Lincoln then became the city that housed Talladega County W.D. Henderson


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from a chimney fire in 1982. Sullivan was also a charter member of the Historic Lincoln Preservation Foundation and an avid sports fan who later became a circuit judge for Talladega County and went on to become the longest-serving circuit judge in Alabama. Kennedy Watson served as mayor for three terms between 1958 and 1967 but had to resign because of illness. J.J. Kirksey William Roberts served as mayor pro-tem in 1967. Raymond Martin served as mayor from 1968 to 1972. Martin was responsible for rebuilding and expanding the water system already in place from Kirksey’s tenure. After Martin’s term ended in 1972, Mayor Lew Watson became his successor. Later, in 1991, Sidney Fomby W.R. Tuck Jr. became Lincoln’s first AfricanAmerican mayor, serving out the two remaining years of Watson’s fifth term in office. Aside from taking off for the early part of that term, Watson has continued to serve as Lincoln’s mayor for the past 38 years and has seen the city grow through a number of accomplishments. “I’ve basically lived here all my life,” Watson said. “I

wanted to see the community grow.” During Watson’s tenure, the city has undergone a significant transformation, both in population size, which has doubled, and in its standard of living. “It’s a reflection on the William C. Sullivan growth we’ve undergone and future we’re anticipating,” Watson said. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1965, Watson came back to Lincoln and became interested helping the community. Watson said that he learned of grants that could help build the community and attract more retail businesses while improving the quality of life for residents and expanding the city limits. Lincoln’s first City Hall was built in 1975. The city’s first library started out as a room in City Hall that same year, but later moved to its own building in 1985. Lincoln also saw its first ambulance service in 1975. Before that, residents had to get ambulance service from either Pell City or Talladega. That same year, the city welcomed its first full-time Fire Department and its first Kennedy Watson recreational park, Moseley Park.


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I grew up in Lincoln in the Blue 1940s and 1950s. My family Eye Creek, and moved to Lincoln when I was I used to walk a foot log very young, about 18 months old. to cross the creek. We had My family farmed corn in the cows and hogs and raised Choccolocco Creek area that is just about everything we now covered with water. Where ate. the water is, we had corn there, Several families had and there was a tenant house dairy farms along U.S. 78. where a sharecropper lived. My The Smelleys and Creels grandparents and aunts and and McAdams and Ellens uncles lived on Rushing Springs, all had dairy farms, and the all less than about two miles away. Jerry, Troy and Foster Smelley McCaigs had the store. The I learned to drive there on a neighborhood kids all played green John Deere tractor. I could softball in the pasture. I remember one time when it drive down the hill to where the mailboxes were. My was about to rain and we had to get the hay in. I drove brother, Jerry, who is three years younger, would ride the flatbed truck and the boys loaded up the hay. with me on the side of the tractor. Daddy built a curb market across the road and sold We farmed there for years until Daddy (Foster produce. Smelley) bought a dairy farm on Highway 78. We had Before the water came in, there was a place where about 130 acres on both sides of Highway 78. It was on


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the cows could go under Highway 78 to get to the milk barn. The cows all had names, and Daddy had a radio. He said the cows gave better milk if there was music playing. We had 30-something cows, and the milk was poured over a chiller to get it cold. Then it ran down into a milk tin. Daddy and Jerry did the milking, and I did the cleaning. Daddy also had a mechanic garage on the corner of Magnolia Street and Highway 78. J.D. Thompson was his mechanic. In second grade, we went to the elementary school on Magnolia Street. We were having a contest for May King and May Queen, and whoever raised the most money was crowned. I walked from school to Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage and had my little cup with my picture and asked his customers for money. I was teamed with Roy McCaig and we won, and I was crowned May Queen and he was crowned May King. We came to the movies just about every Saturday night in old downtown Lincoln. We used to have street dances there. The best part was occasionally everyone would come and you would back your car to where the railroad was and there would be a whole line of cars. A group of men who played the guitar would stand on the sidewalk and play

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The Smelleys built the boat slips in the early 1960s.

country music. Lots of families would come, and we would sit on the hood of the car and enjoy the music. It was a big family outing — people would come from the country, from the different farms. And the town people could walk there. Mother (Troy Smelley) was city clerk for a long time. She was city clerk when they built the current City Hall, and after she retired from being city clerk she was a councilwoman for years.


I was 8 when we moved over and bought the dairy farm. We ran the dairy for many years. There were what I call “little government dairy farms” all over the place. There were five or six right there about a mile apart. They had little wooden barns with cement floors, and milk cans and a water cooler to keep them cold. They eventually said we needed to build a cementblock barn with pipes to move the milk directly into a big stainless steel tank. That’s when Daddy and a lot of them went out of the dairy business. We built a service station on Highway 78, which is still there to this day. Our family ran it for several years, then leased it. We built the curb market across the road from the service station and sold produce. I remember when they cleaned the creek off for the water to come in. I was in the Navy, and it was right before I deployed. I helped Daddy put in the poles for the boat slips and boathouse before the water came in. We built the

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boat docks on Highway 78 —they are still there and the old café building is still there. I was gone for several years in the Navy. I worked at the Anniston Army Depot before I went active and after I got back as a welder. I remember when it flooded about 1977 or so, I can’t remember the exact year. I had to paddle from my house to Highway 78 in a boat. The water came up to my house in the front and back — just up to the edge of the house and not under it. I paddled to where the old curb market was. We had parked our cars and trucks there because it was the highest place.

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We moved to Lincoln when I was about 18 in the mid 1940s. When we moved there, it was pretty much like it was since its inception. It was rural all down there where Honda is — pastures and farmland. The bank wasn’t there anymore, but there were a few stores and a grocery. It was a nice little town. The high school was one building on the west side of Magnolia Street. The vo-ag building was next to it, where the boys learned agriculture. There were two active churches catty-corner to each other. They are still there — the Baptist and the Methodist churches. The churches had ministers every other Sunday, because they didn’t have a full-time minister. We would go to the Baptist church one Sunday and the Methodist church the next. A lot of people did that. It was hard to tell what religion we were — sort of. We swapped churches for about 10 years until the churches got big enough to have services every Sunday. We planned the special holiday activities for different Ruth Stewart & Lu Anne Moseley Sundays so everyone could

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go to all of them. The town was ecumenical. I graduated from Lincoln High School, then went to Indiana for two years before coming back. I married Jenkins Moseley in 1947. We were married for 27 years and had two children. We had a poultry farm between Eastaboga and Lincoln. We grew a lot of broilers —young chickens — and would deliver them to different growers all around. Then we started hatching our own eggs. In the peak of growing season, we were hatching 40,000 chicks per week. We delivered them to a lot of places all over. My father-in-law, Andrew Moseley, had a peach orchard. He had about 40 acres of peach trees and a little peach stand on Highway 78. People came from as far as

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Clanton to buy his peaches because they were the best peaches anywhere around. He knew how to do the different fertilizers to get the best tasting peaches. Growing peaches was all he ever did. The city was looking for a park, and there was a spot of land that was low and stayed wet a good part of the time. He had pulled the peaches up and had planted turnips there, but Andrew loved the town and wanted to help, so he sold them the current Moseley Park area inexpensively. The city named the park after him. v

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he city of Lincoln’s incorporation happened in 1911, but its history dates well before that. According to the book “Lincoln” by Kelly Love, the area was originally populated by Native American tribes, including the Creek and the Muskogee. Many of the region’s names came from their legends, such as Choccolocco, Cheaha and Coosa. Blue Eye Creek was named after a legendary Conchardee chief who had one blue eye and one brown. Andrew Jackson and 2,500 troops came in 1813 to Fort Strother, north of what is now Lincoln, and saw the wildlife and waterways and other natural resources. After the Cussetta Treaty in 1832, those soldiers and others settled in the area. According to the city’s website,, Jackson cut a trail through Lincoln on his way to the Battle of Talladega. That road was later paved and now is known as Jackson Trace Road. The first area post office was established in the 1850s, when the area was known as Kingsville. According to “A Brief History of Lincoln, Alabama” by Mary Henderson, deeds showed the King family to be landowners in the area. Jesse Calhoun was the first postmaster in Kingsville. Jesse Hardin served as the first Lincoln postmaster when the name was changed in 1856. People named the town after Benjamin Lincoln, a famous Revolutionary War soldier known as “The Defender of Charleston.” Henderson wrote the people said to have brought the name came from either Lincoln County, Ga. or Lincoln County, N.C. Their names were Theodore Burns, John Groce, Henry Turner and the Tuck family. Other names of early settlers were Embry, McClellan, Bell, Montgomery, Acker, Wilson, Watson, Weed, Brewer, Collins, Schmidt and Jones.

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Love wrote the Lincoln Train Depot was built in 1883, on the railway between Atlanta and Birmingham. Southern Railroad and Georgia Pacific Railroad made Lincoln a stop and were said to be largely responsible for the first hotel in Lincoln, built around 1890. Churches began to be built as early as 1834, with Blue Eye Baptist. Refuge Baptist, Pine Grove Mission Baptist, Lincoln Baptist, St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist and Dry Valley Baptist sprang up between 1851 and 1887. What became Lincoln United Methodist Church was first built in 1841, and Eureka Methodist was built in 1891. The building believed to be the first public school was built in the 1880s-1890s, according to Love. The school offered courses in Latin and Greek and some of the first teachers were Miss Pet Trotter, Miss Ledbetter and Mr. Reaves. State legislation in 1907 established a high school in every county. Lincoln was chosen as the site for Talladega County High School because of the efforts of local people.

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According to Love, Robert Benjamin Burns was one of the people who helped bring the school to Lincoln. The Lincoln native was born in 1864; he was a leader in the town’s incorporation, served on the city council and later went on to serve in the Alabama Senate.

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Benjamin Lincoln

he city of Lincoln owes its name to history, but not, perhaps, the most famous Lincoln in U.S. history. The city is named not for Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president in office during the Civil War, but for Benjamin Lincoln, the general who accepted the surrender of the British to end the War of the American Revolution. Benjamin Lincoln was born in 1733 in Hingham, Mass. He worked on the local farm and attended the local school before following his father into politics. Lincoln became the town constable at 21, and entered the 3rd Regiment of the Suffolk militia as an adjutant in 1755. He was elected the town clerk of Hingham in 1757 and justice of the peace in 1762. In 1772, Lincoln was promoted to lieutenant colonel, which allowed him to gain military experience which he


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used in three major battles of the Revolutionary War. In 1776, Lincoln was promoted several times, eventually becoming commander of all Massachusetts troops in the Boston area. He was also commissioned into the Continental Army as a major general. Lincoln commanded the garrison in Charleston, S.C., when he was forced to surrender to Lt. Gen. Henry Clinton in May 1780. After being exchanged for British Maj. Gen. William Phillips in November 1780, he returned to Gen. George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main army. Lincoln led the army south, to Virginia, and played a major role in the Yorktown surrender in October 1781. Lord Cornwallis, who commanded the British army, did not attend the surrender ceremony, pleading illness, and sent his second-in-command, the Irish Gen. Charles

Revolutionary War Hero O’Hara. In response, Washington refused to accept O’Hara’s sword and sent his own subordinate, Lincoln, to receive the surrender. Lincoln was one of the few men to have been present at the three major surrenders of the American Revolutionary War — as the victor at Yorktown and Saratoga and in defeat at Charleston. From 1781 to late 1783, Lincoln served as the first U.S. Secretary of War. Lincoln was a member of the Massachusetts state convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1787. He received an electoral vote — only one, from an elector from Georgia — during the first election for president and vice president of the United States. He was one

of 10 men who received votes. Lincoln served a term as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and served many years as the collector of the Port of Boston. He retired from public life in 1809 and died in Hingham in 1810. Other places named after Gen. Benjamin Lincoln include Lincoln County, Ga., Lincoln County, Ky., Lincoln County, Mo., Lincoln County, N.C. (and its county seat, Lincolnton), Lincoln County, Tenn., Lincoln, Vt., Lincolnville, Maine, Lincoln Street in downtown Columbia, S.C., and Lincoln Street in Savannah, Ga. Benjamin Lincoln was not an ancestor of President Abraham Lincoln and likely was not related at all. v


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Historic Buildings


arlie Threatt is in the kitchen cooking up slabs of ribs and Boston butts, and a lunchtime crowd starts pouring in, hungry for his barbecue and sides and layered homemade cakes. More than 100 years ago, this place called R&B BarB-Q was a mercantile and a meat market, a place people came for necessities in life like flour and sugar or seeds, maybe something to cook for supper. Threatt is one of the new entrepreneurs in town, bringing life back to the city’s old downtown, a stretch of two rows of buildings that rose in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Lincoln, one on each side of the railroad tracks that came through town about 1885. The storefronts stayed empty through most of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, but by the end of the 1990s, new 42

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interest took hold and old downtown has become a destination once more. Just down the newly laid sidewalk and curbing is Kelly Love’s shop, Granny’s House, where she and Stacy Garman are busy making monogrammed dresses and purses and offer all kinds of gifts and accessories. This space, too, was once a general store, opening up following the developments that followed the railroad. Old downtown has been dressed up and cleaned up and is breathing new life, a dream many in town shared through the years, said Mildred Trammell, the first president of Lincoln’s Historic Preservation Foundation which formed in 2000. Getting it done has evolved over the past 10 years, with individuals as well as the city of Lincoln and the

foundation turning their attention to the area’s historic buildings. Trammell and her husband, Ed, bought several of the buildings with restoration in mind as well as bringing people back to the downtown area. The Trammells own the building in which Threatt operates his restaurant, where Mrs. Trammell had her own tearoom and antique shop for several years. They also own the building where Kareem Orr has a full-service barbershop, a return to the building’s original turn-of-the-century function. Original brick walls and refurbished wood floors create an atmosphere of the city’s early days, and Orr has been in the building a year and a half now. Across the tracks, Two Friends Florist is located inside a building from the same era and Complete Outdoors

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Historic Buildings

Sen. Robert Benjamin Burns House, 1889

has opened inside a former warehouse, the buildings spruced up and painted and welcoming people inside once more. Both buildings are early 1900s structures. A city grant helped add the landscaping and sidewalks and period light fixtures in old downtown, offering an inviting backdrop for new businesses in the historic spot. But Trammell remembers all too well how the groups of buildings had become neglected through the years, some close to having deteriorated beyond repair. “The grass was as tall as some of the windows through here,” Mrs. Trammell said. “It was really sad.” One of Trammell’s favorite sights in old downtown is the juxtaposition of the Honda water tank that towers in the distance looking westward from the downtown sidewalks, showing how new and old work together. Among the still-vacant buildings downtown, one of the most interesting architecturally is the First

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National Bank building with its tall Doric columns in front. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of the Beaux Arts style and is dates to 1925. It features a pedimented central pavilion with ornate trim, and decorative metal doors add to the impressive entry. The bank closed during the Great Depression. The old Lincoln Post Office is still standing, but vacant. The one-story brick building is believed to have been constructed in the 1920s. It has concrete Doric pilasters on each side of the front door, and transoms top full windows on either side. The downtown district is a great place to start a tour of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic buildings; all along Magnolia Street that leads to downtown are homes built during the same era. Heading toward U.S. 78 from downtown, one of the first homes is the Burns home, a Free Classic Queen Anne style built in 1889 by Alabama Sen. Robert Benjamin Burns. The house has remained in the Burns family

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Historic Buildings through the years, and now, a great-great-granddaughter, Angie Carpenter lives in the family home. The house is on the Alabama Register of Historic Places. In 1915, a two-story Neoclassical-style portico was added. The house has gabled, three-sided bay windows on the façade and north sides. The two-story porch continues along one side with fluted Corinthian columns and pilasters. Just across the street is the original Burns home, also built by the senator in the mid-1880s. The roof has seven distinctive gables and is called The Seven Gables House. It is now owned by the Trammells. The Victorian Gothic Revival house has undergone a renovation in recent years. The front porch features a spindle-work frieze, turned posts and a jigsaw-cut balustrade. The Mynatt-Johnson House, also on Magnolia Street, owned by Pat Pike, was built between 1913 and 1914. It is of a Free Classic Queen Anne style and include two levels with a full

The Seven Gables House, mid-1880s

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covered porch across the front. Pike operated a bed and breakfast in the house for several years, and it now serves as law offices. Travel down U.S. 78 west, and one of the Lincoln Historic Preservation Foundation’s biggest success stories stands adjacent to Honda Manufacturing of Alabama property. It’s largely due to Honda’s acquiring the property known as The Watson House that the foundation eventually ended up with it, Trammell said. The state bought the property for Honda, which then deeded it to the Alabama Historical Commission, which decided to sell it. “We knew we needed this property,” Trammell said. “We didn’t want it to be destroyed or get in really bad shape.” Originally listed with a price tag of about $90,000, the foundation bought the property for about $70,000, Trammell said, and just this year will celebrate paying off the mortgage.

The Watson House, 1847

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Historic Buildings

The Watson House was the residence on a working farm and dates to 1847. A two-story structure, it is now the base for the foundation which rents it for special occasions and uses it as the site for the foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Lincoln 5K Run. The event raises money for the foundation to maintain the property and continue to make renovations. There is a working kitchen and dining room downstairs along with a parlor. The original stairway leads to the second floor, where there are two large bedrooms and a landing in between that is large enough to use as a sitting area. Furnishings used in the house are suited to the year it was built, many of them donated since the foundation acquired the house. Several outbuildings and barns still stand adjacent to the house and are believed to have been added on the property during the 1920s. These, too, are being restored and maintained by the foundation. The house includes 10 and a half acres of property.

The Georgia Pacific Railroad Depot has been moved from its original location, and dates to 1883. It is on Railroad Avenue and features overhanging eaves typical of most depots of the period. There is a square, three-sided bay window on the south side of the building and a hopper window in the end. The old Lincoln High School was built in 1915, a two-story brick building with Neoclassical Revival-style elements. There is a two-story gabled portico with fullheight square columns. A Colonial Revival-style auditorium was added in the 1930s, along with one-story stone wings added to the original structure at the same time. The additions may have been done by workers with the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. Many of the city’s historic records and photographs are on display inside the school’s former agricultural building, adjacent to the school and now called Lincoln City Center. Inside, there are school records dating to the early 1900s, even grade books with both students’ and parents’

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property during the 1920s. These, too, are being restored and maintained by the foundation. The house includes 10 and a half acres of property. The Georgia Pacific Railroad Depot has been moved from its original location, and dates to 1883. It is on Railroad Avenue and features overhanging eaves typical of most depots of the period. There is a square, three-sided

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bay window on the south side of the building and a hopper window in the end. The old Lincoln High School was built in 1915, a two-story brick building with Neoclassical Revival-style elements. There is a two-story gabled portico with fullheight square columns. A Colonial Revival-style auditorium was added in the 1930s, along with one-story stone

wings added to the original structure at the same time. The additions may have been done by workers with the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. Many of the city’s historic records and photographs are on display inside the school’s former agricultural building, adjacent to the school and now called Lincoln City Center. Inside, there are school records dating to the early 1900s, even grade books with both students’ and parents’ names inside, and clippings from newspaper stories. Pointing out the assortment of memorabilia, Trammell notes, “This is an interesting place to take time and look through these old records. You can learn a lot.” v

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A Railroad Legacy Thomas and Elizabeth Disspain were married on December 27, 1890 in Irondale, Alabama. Shortly thereafter, Thomas was transferred to Lincoln with the newly formed Southern Railway where he became Section Foreman. He and Lizzie (as she was called) lived and worked along the tracks in downtown Lincoln. For 35 years, Thomas oversaw workers, accounted for supplies and worked seven days a week. He was rewarded for this faithful service with a railcar for his family to use for travel and a much coveted gold railroad watch. He died suddenly in 1926. Many stories of Thomas have been kept alive through the years, first by his widow, then their children, grandchildren and today, great grandchildren, many of whom work and live in Lincoln today. Lizzie lived until her death in 1963 in a house that Thomas built for his family on Magnolia Street. She endured many hardships and losses. She buried her husband and three children (including her oldest son Roy, killed in action in WWI) and was widowed for nearly 40 years. She was known to always being in charge of her home and the many people who lived with her through the years. Memories are rich and vivid of her. She always dumped her tea leaves in African Violets on her window sill, used the old wall wooden telephone to call in her grocery order for delivery, sat daily in her favorite rocking chair on the back porch, her front bedroom that was strictly off limits to kids, she had an intense fear of thunderstorms, and she spent many hours on the front porch swinging with any grandchild that climbed in. As Lincoln celebrates its Centennial, the Disspain family would like to take this opportunity and remember Thomas and Elizabeth Disspain, whose decision to move to Lincoln a century ago, affected the lives of so many and continues today.

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incoln has been named one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama. From 1990 to 2000, the city saw a growth of more than 50 percent, and the 2010 Census is expected to show even greater growth. “It is great news,” said Mark Morrison, manager of corporate affairs and communication for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. “I’m not surprised by the growth we’ve seen in Lincoln over the past 10 years.” According to the latest estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Lincoln had a population of 6,088 in 2009, up from 4,577 in the 2000 Census. Starting in 1970, the population has increased by at least 1,000 in each decade. In 1990, the population number was nearly 3,000. In 1980, the number was 2,000, and in 1970 the population was around 1,000. The population before 1970 was steadily increasing,


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although the number stayed below 1,000. In 1920, the first census after Lincoln incorporated in 1911, the population was 408, according to Genora Barber from the U.S. Census Bureau in Atlanta. “We’ve consistently been in growth,” said Lincoln Mayor Lew Watson. “I expect this census period we’ll have a good number also. The city has been aggressive, and because of our location and infrastructure, it makes it possible to build. Honda has a definite influence, no question there.” Honda started producing products in Lincoln in November 2001. Of its 4,000 associates, more than 1,000 associates live in Talladega County and approximately 200 live in Lincoln. “Lincoln is an attractive community, and its location offers a number of attractions, including new schools,

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Honda plant contruction, 2000

recreational activities and nearby Logan Martin Lake,” said Morrison. “Honda is proud to call Alabama home and pleased to be in Lincoln. “Since we started production in 2001, our company has grown to employ 4,000 Honda associates and several hundred contractors that support our operations from manufacturing and building maintenance to security and onsite parts delivery.” Honda has the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles and engines annually at the facility. Watson said the addition of Honda has created more opportunities to support the community. It has also provided jobs and certainly has generated more traffic for businesses and the local stores, which in turn, generates more jobs. Having grown up in nearby Weaver, Morrison said he has enjoyed watching Lincoln grow and he appreciates the quality of life that it offers. While Lincoln has seen a steady increase in population, Watson said he does not believe that Honda is entirely responsible, although it is certainly the most significant event. “I think that absolutely there is plenty of opportunity

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for growth,” he said. “I don’t see any change in that. Everything is already laid out. It is easier for companies to come in and build. We have a good planning commission that acts quickly and gets the job done. We don’t try to have a lot of red tape, we work with the developers to try and develop instead of holding them up. We love to say yes, not to say no.”

The growth of Lincoln really started in the 1960s with the expansion of the water system, which you have to have in place to have growth and to make it possible for people to build homes, Watson said. Working with the sewer system helped in commercial growth, to build more subdivisions. More than 20 have been built in the last 10 years. v

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s Lincoln continues to grow, city officials look to the future with both renovations and new additions to the city. The Lincoln Downtown Revitalization project injected new life to the old downtown area, funded through a $150,000 Transportation Enhancement Fund grant in 2007. The project covered approximately one city block in old downtown Lincoln on McClain Avenue and James Avenue between Magnolia and McCarthy streets. The revitalization featured sidewalk renovation, period lighting, shade trees, paving, landscaping and creation of a small town green or park. The project was completed in 2010 in time for the Lincoln 100th Anniversary Celebration kick-off. Plans are in the works for a handicapped-accessible fishing trail to tie into the newly renovated downtown area. Lew Watson, Mayor


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The idea behind the Lincoln Fishing Trail is to offer an easily accessible place where anyone can go and fish. The trail includes a bridge that will go from the old downtown Lincoln area across Blue Eye Creek. The steel-and-concrete bridge will be approximately 60 feet long and 10 feet wide and will feature steel railing in a line and V-shape pattern. Blue Eye Creek varies from a couple of feet deep up to eight feet deep in some places. The creek is approximately three feet deep where the bridge will span. The plans feature four fishing stations in a boardwalk layout. The fishing stations will each be 20-60 feet long, depending on the depth of the creek in those areas and the landscape. Concrete trails, chosen over a more natural path to allow for handicapped accessibility, will connect the fishing stations and the bridge. To meet recreation needs, the city built a $4 million park, which opened in 2008. Lincoln Park, located on Holly Hills Road, features four youth baseball fields, one

high-school-size baseball field, two softball fields, one soccer field, a concession building, two playgrounds in the baseball and softball areas, and a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course in the lower parking area. The city has also renovated and improved its other parks. In addition to city parks, Lincoln is working with the city of Talladega to create a regional park at the 2,832-acre Coosa River Annex property, also known as the Brecon Annex property. One central point in the development plan is to include areas in the park for all-terrain vehicles or off-highway vehicles. There is a 10-year outline for park development. The first year would include establishing a management team or board to oversee the park, employ professional timber management for forest health and initial funding for development, apply for grants from available public and private agencies, develop OHV trails, develop temporary camp-

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sites and RV parking and encourage community input for further park development. Additional improvements to the park would likely include public lake development; nature trails, bicycle and mountain biking trails; potential for cableride development; rifle, pistol and archery ranges; a National Class go-cart track and Motorcross tracks; skateboard and rollerblade parks; equestrian trails; and facilities for 4H and Boy and Girl Scouts use. To encourage industrial growth, the city created the 160-acre Lincoln Industrial Park. Most of the park is site-prepped. Two pads are available for buildings and the rest is open area. The city is also in the process of building a new City Hall and fire station to alleviate overcrowding at the current location. The new City Hall site is on Magnolia Street, where the old Lincoln Elementary School was. The City Hall building is 13,500 square feet and features a large courtroom and council chambers, meeting and conference rooms and more. The building design allows for public use of meeting rooms after hours without public access to the city office area. Lincoln's growth over the past two decades has created both the need and the means to expand and modernize the city's services. All the improvements position Lincoln for continued growth while preserving its rich history. v


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As you go to the polls on November 2nd, I want you to vote for me because I understand this election is about creating jobs and getting our economy back on track. If elected to the State Senate, I pledge to go to Montgomery and focus on creating jobs and enhancing the educational opportunities for our children. My parents taught me that if you want to get ahead you have to work hard and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. I worked full-time at Avondale Mills to support myself during my college years and graduated from Auburn University. I continued to work my way through law school and eventually served Talladega County for 26 years as a judge. I recognize that if fewer jobs are available, fewer of our friends and neighbors will have the same opportunities I did. Because of these tough times, I have focused on finding ways to help the families of Senate District 11 move forward and fulfill their dreams. Together we will find solutions to the problems we face. Please vote for me on Tuesday, November 2nd so I can get to work for our community. Pd. Pol. Adv. by Judge Jerry Fielding for State Senate, 1300 B Talladega Hwy., Sylacauga, AL 35150 277777

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