Lincoln, Montana

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Lincoln, Montana
CDP
Downtown Lincoln in the winter
Downtown Lincoln in the winter
Lewis and Clark County Montana Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Lincoln Highlighted.svg
Lincoln is located in Montana
Lincoln
Lincoln
Location of Lincoln
Lincoln is located in the US
Lincoln
Lincoln
Lincoln (the US)
Coordinates: 46°57′28″N 112°40′20″W / 46.95778°N 112.67222°W / 46.95778; -112.67222Coordinates: 46°57′28″N 112°40′20″W / 46.95778°N 112.67222°W / 46.95778; -112.67222
Country  United States
State  Montana
County Lewis and Clark
Area
 • Total 18.2 sq mi (47.1 km2)
 • Land 17.9 sq mi (46.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 4,541 ft (1,384 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,013
 • Density 56.6/sq mi (21.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
ZIP Code 59639
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-43675
GNIS feature ID 0801064

Lincoln is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,100.

History[edit]

Meriwether Lewis passed through here on his return to St. Louis in 1806, following the famous “River of the Road to the Buffalo” created by Native Americans centuries before. Gold discoveries in the mid-1860s brought miners to a number of camps in the area and Lincoln was eventually created when nearby Lincoln Gulch was abandoned in favor of the town’s present location. Recreational, logging and mining activities along the Blackfoot River in the early 20th century made it a convenient commercial center. Nearby wilderness areas continue to attract visitors and residents.

The Lincoln Community Hall (1918) and The Hotel Lincoln (1914) are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Lincoln is located on Montana Highway 200 which is the longest route signed as a state highway in the United States, running 706.6 miles (1,137.2 km) from Idaho to North Dakota.

"Unabomber" arrest[edit]

On April 3, 1996, Federal officers arrested Theodore Kaczynski at his remote cabin five miles from Lincoln along Twin Gulch Drive, under suspicion of being the "Unabomber", a political terrorist and survivalist who placed pressure-sensitive bombs inside mailed packages.[1] The bombing campaign resulted in three deaths and 23 wounded. Kaczynski is currently serving eight life sentences without the possibility of parole.[2][3]

2017 earthquake[edit]

At 12:30 a.m. on July 6, 2017, there was a 5.8-magnitude earthquake about 6 miles south of Lincoln.[4][5] The earthquake originated from a depth of nearly 3 miles underground,[4] near a fault system known as the Lewis and Clark line, which runs 250 miles from northern Idaho to east of Helena, Montana.[6] It was the eighth-strongest earthquake recorded in Montana.[7] There were at least nine more tremors nearby within the first hour after the earthquake, with magnitudes between 3.1 and 4.9.[4]

Geography and climate[edit]

Lincoln is located at 46°57′28″N 112°40′20″W / 46.957713°N 112.672178°W / 46.957713; -112.672178 (46.957713, -112.672178).[8] Its elevation is 4536 feet (1382 meters) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47 km2), of which, 17.9 square miles (46 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.32%) is water.

Rogers Pass, 15 miles east of Lincoln is known for being the location of the coldest recorded temperature in the United States outside of Alaska. On January 20, 1954, a temperature of −70 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded. Lincoln has a humid continental climate bordering on semi-arid. Snow is usually dry powder, although strong Pacific Ocean storms sometimes bring moisture-laden snow to the area.[citation needed]

Climate data for Lincoln, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14)
70
(21)
81
(27)
90
(32)
96
(36)
100
(38)
103
(39)
102
(39)
98
(37)
84
(29)
68
(20)
55
(13)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 33
(1)
37
(3)
45
(7)
55
(13)
64
(18)
71
(22)
81
(27)
80
(27)
69
(21)
56
(13)
39
(4)
31
(−1)
55
(13)
Average low °F (°C) 10
(−12)
15
(−9)
19
(−7)
26
(−3)
33
(1)
39
(4)
42
(6)
40
(4)
32
(0)
27
(−3)
19
(−7)
12
(−11)
26
(−3)
Record low °F (°C) −48
(−44)
−44
(−42)
−40
(−40)
−8
(−22)
8
(−13)
19
(−7)
24
(−4)
15
(−9)
0
(−18)
−20
(−29)
−53
(−47)
−55
(−48)
−55
(−48)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.89
(48)
1.35
(34.3)
1.24
(31.5)
1.35
(34.3)
2.17
(55.1)
2.26
(57.4)
1.16
(29.5)
1.32
(33.5)
1.22
(31)
1.23
(31.2)
1.44
(36.6)
1.75
(44.4)
18.47
(469.1)
Source: Lincoln Ranger Station[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
20001,100
20101,013−7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 1,013 people, 507 households, and 296 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 56.6 people per square mile (21.8/km2). There were 846 housing units at an average density of 47.3 per square mile (18.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.46% White, 2.17% Native American, 0.20% Asian, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 507 households out of which 16.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 33.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.55.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 16.3% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 16.1% from 25 to 44, 41.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,688, and the median income for a family was $32,784. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $15,227 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,243. About 17.4% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.8% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]

Nearby Bugle Mountain (also known as "Bugle Peak"), located in the Scapegoat Wilderness, was the setting of a forest fire in the fictional 1952 motion picture Red Skies of Montana. The film, based in part on the tragic 1949 Mann Gulch fire, was filmed in Montana.

Notable people[edit]

Unabomber

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hardy, Quentin; Carley, William M.; Davidson, Joe. "Inabomber suspect held in Montana". Wall Street Journal. April 4, 1996. p. A3.
  2. ^ Kovaleski, Serge F. (January 22, 2007). "Unabomber Wages Legal Battle to Halt the Sale of Papers". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Theodore John Kaczynski." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Helena area". Independent Record (Helena, Montana). July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "M 5.8 - 11km SSE of Lincoln, Montana". Earthquakes Hazard Program. United States Geological Survey. July 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Rare 5.8 earthquake strikes western Montana, the area's strongest temblor in nearly 60 years". Los Angeles Times. July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Montana Earthquake: 5.8 Quake Strikes Outside Lincoln". Associated Press. NBC News. July 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Lincoln Ranger Stn, Montana (245040)". Lincoln, Montana climate. 2014. Retrieved 2018-03-21. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017-12-29. 

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