Lincolnton, North Carolina
|Lincolnton, North Carolina|
|Motto: "History, Arts, Culture...They All Find A Home In Lincolnton!"|
Location of Lincolnton, North Carolina
|Named for||Benjamin Lincoln|
|• Mayor||John O. Gilleland, Jr.|
|• Total||8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)|
|• Land||8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Density||1,219.4/sq mi (470.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1021154|
Lincolnton is a small city in Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States, within the Charlotte metropolitan area. The population was 10,683 at the 2010 census. Lincolnton is northwest of Charlotte, on the South Fork of the Catawba River, and near the junction of State Highway 27 and U.S. Route 321. It is the county seat of Lincoln County, and is also the only legally incorporated municipality wholly within the county.
In June 1780, the future site of Lincolnton was the site of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill, a small engagement in which local Loyalists were defeated by pro-independence forces. Some historians[who?] consider the battle significant because it disrupted Loyalist organizing in the region at a crucial time. The battle site was chosen for the seat of Lincoln County after it split off from old Tryon County, (named for a hated royally-appointed governor). The new city and the county were named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln, who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Lincolnton was the site of the first textile mill built in North Carolina, constructed by Michael Schenck in 1813. It was the first cotton mill built south of the Potomac River. St. Luke's Episcopal Church was founded in 1841.
Confederate Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek in the final year of the Civil War, came from and was buried in Lincolnton. Confederate Missionary Bishop Henry C. Lay spent the final months of the Civil War in the town. Union forces occupied Lincoln County on Easter Monday, 1865.
In the 1990s, the city expanded eastward by annexing Boger City, a formerly independent town.
The Caldwell-Cobb-Love House, Emanuel United Church of Christ, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Eureka Manufacturing Company Cotton Mill, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Lincoln County Courthouse, Lincolnton Commercial Historic District, Lincolnton Recreation Department Youth Center, Loretz House, Methodist Church Cemetery, Old White Church Cemetery, Pleasant Retreat Academy, Shadow Lawn, South Aspen Street Historic District, St. Luke's Church and Cemetery, West Main Street Historic District, and Woodside are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21 km2), of which, 8.2 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water.
Government and politics
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Lincolnton is governed by a mayor and four-member city council, who hire a city manager to oversee day-to-day governance. City council members serve four-year terms and the mayor serves for two years. They are elected in partisan elections in odd years. Council members represent city wards in which they must reside, but are elected at-large. The mayor conducts city meetings, normally the first Thursday of each month, and votes only in case of a tie. Lincolnton government has traditionally been run solely by Democrats, but currently has a bipartisan government for the first time in its history. The city electorate narrowly backed Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. The rest of Lincoln County has generally leaned Republican, and heavily favored Republican John McCain in the 2008 election.
John Gilleland Jr., a Republican, is mayor and faces re-election in 2011. His opponent is Democrat Patricia Huskey, the former Lincoln County clerk of court. Gilleland came to office by defeating Democratic incumbent David Black, who is also the Lincoln County schools attorney, in 2009. Council members whose terms end in 2013 are Republican Devin Rhyne of Ward I and Democrat Carroll Heavner of Ward III. Council members whose terms end in 2011 are Ward III Democrat John "Les" Cloninger (the mayor pro tem) and Ward IV Democrat Larry Mac Hovis. Two candidates, Thomas Hawk and Sam Ausband, are competing in the 2011 Republican primary to challenge Cloninger. Hovis will face a challenge from Republican Tim Shain in the 2011 general election.
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Lincolnton, North Carolina, is home to one print newspaper and one radio station, plus a range of online news sites and blogs. The Lincoln Times-News dates to a merger between two much older publications in the early 1960s. Based in historic downtown Lincolnton, the family-owned newspaper prints Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and covers all of Lincoln County, for which it is the legal paper of record. WLON radio went on the air in the late 1950s or early 1960s and provides coverage of Lincolnton High School football every Friday night, Atlanta Braves, NC State Wolfpack, and UNC Tar Heels sports events. The online Lincoln Tribune was founded about six years ago with a print edition, but has since become an exclusively online publication.. Another Web site, The Carolina Scoop,[dead link] was founded in April 2008. Two free-distribution weekly papers—News@Norman and Denver Weekly—operate only in the eastern portion of Lincoln County.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,683 people, 3,8948 households, and 2,943 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,219.4 people per square mile (470.9/km²). There were 4,146 housing units at an average density of 507.4 per square mile (195.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.98% White, 24.49% African American, 0.41% Asian, 0.33% Native American, 4.15% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.87% of the population.
There were 3,878 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,684, and the median income for a family was $39,949. Males had a median income of $29,615 versus $21,768 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,667. About 14.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.
Middle schools include: Lincoln Charter School, Lincolnton Middle School, North Lincoln Middle School and West Lincoln Middle School
Elementary Schools include: Lincoln Charter School, Battleground Elementary School, GE Massey Primary School, S Ray Lowder Elementary School, Love Memorial Elementary School and FD Jack Kiser Intermediate School
Colleges include: Gaston College: Lincolnton Campus
- Sgt. Lemuel E. Bobo - killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
- Paul Bost - racecar driver.
- Jim Cleamons - basketball player.
- Charles L. Coon - teacher, school administrator, child labor reformer, and advocate for African American education.
- Drew Droege - actor.
- John Horace Forney - major general in Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
- Peter Forney - U.S. Representative from North Carolina and captain during the Revolutionary War.
- William H. Forney - U.S. Representative from Alabama; grandson of Peter Forney, nephew of Daniel Munroe Forney, and brother of John Horace Forney.
- Gen. Charles A. Gabriel - 11th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
- William Alexander Graham - U.S. Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Senator, member of Confederate Senate, Governor of North Carolina and Whig candidate for the vice president of the United States.
- James Pinckney Henderson - first Governor of Texas, U.S. Senator, lawyer, politician and soldier.
- Robert Hoke - Confederate Major General who won the Battle of Plymouth, American businessman and railroad executive.
- William A. Hoke - associate justice and chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
- Rufus Zenas Johnston - recipient of Navy Cross and Congressional Medal of Honor.
- Charles R. Jonas - U.S. representative from North Carolina.
- Devon Lowery - retired pitcher for Kansas City Royals
- Candace Newmaker - killed during a therapy session; her death received international coverage.
- Barclay Radebaugh - basketball coach at Charleston Southern University.
- Stephen Dodson Ramseur - Confederate Major General mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia in 1864.
- Hiram Rhodes Revels - first African-American U.S. Senator.
- Dick Smith - baseball player.
- C. J. Wilson - professional football player.
- Ken Wood - baseball player.
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