Near the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Lincoln is primarily thought of as a premier summer destination, well known for its great outdoor activities. However, in winter it also offers plenty of entertainment, including the ski resort at Loon Mountain, interesting snow sculptures, and much more.
Founded in 1764 by a group of 70 land investors from Connecticut, the town was named for Henry Fieness Pelham-Clinton, 2nd Duke of Newcastle, 9th Earl of Lincoln, who was at the time comptroller of customs for the port of London. However, the town was not settled until 1782.
The area was poor for farming, but timber was plenty, and the Pemigewasset River made water power available to run saw mills. Within the next century Lincoln developed a booming logging industry. Railroads, originally installed to transport freight increasingly began to bring tourists to the mountains who wished to take in the scenery and fresh air.
In 1892, James E. Henry purchased 100,000 acres of timber new Lincoln, establishing what remains one of its most important logging enterprises to this day. In 1902 he built a paper mill, and the following year built the Lincoln House Hotel. The company was sold in 1917 to Parker Young Company, and again in 1946 to Marcalus Manufacturing Company. Papermaking remained an important industry in Lincoln until 1971 when the company was forced to declare bankruptcy.
Today most people come to visit Lincoln to admire its natural beauty and practice their favorite outdoor recreations. Loon Mountain draws skiers and snowboarders all winter long, while Flume Gorge and Fraconia Notch State Park draw visitors with their natural beauty throughout the year.Tags: Feature