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Benton County was created in 1835 with its original boundary lines taking in 24 square miles of what is now Pettis County. It was settled mainly by emigrants from Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
Benton County itself is an inland-border county. Inland, in that it is 3 counties east of Kansas and 3 south of the Missouri River; border, in that it lies at the point where prairie lands adjoin the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
The Osage River divides the county in twain. North of the river lies land in prairie stretches or long sloping hills; south of the river you will find precipitous bluffs and timber covered hills.
Lincoln became an incorporated village in 1869. The first settler was Wily Vincent who opened a noted tavern on the old stage route. By 1889, the town had 2 general stores, hardware stores, saddlers, drug store, furniture store, merchant mill, hotel and livery, blacksmiths and a wagon-shop.
Lincoln's City Park has two ball diamonds, a tennis court, a sand volleyball court, a shelter house, a small train for children to ride as well as other play items for children. The park also has hookups for overnight camping.
There are many civic and social organizations in Lincoln and Benton County to welcome you as a member. Most religious denominations are represented in the immediate Lincoln area or within a few minutes' drive. In addition to all the tourism and recreational facilities, there are manufacturing plants and numerous other types of businesses in and around Lincoln, Warsaw and Sedalia. Covering close to 970 acres just south of Lincoln is the Lost Valley Fish Hatchery. Many species of fish are represented in the 78 rearing ponds, and there is a 2000 square foot visitors center. Also, around Lincoln and in the Benton Co area, you will find agricultural land where livestock and crops are raised.
Lincoln's modern and fully equipped educational facilities serve the needs of kindergarten through high school students, with enrollment presently approaching 600 students.
Medical clinics are located in Lincoln and the neighboring towns of Warsaw and Cole Camp, all in Benton County. Hospitals are to be found in the nearby towns of Clinton and Sedalia, assuring you of additional medical care in a matter of minutes. Lincoln has its own ambulance service, city police and volunteer fire department.
Just south of Lincoln, in Warsaw, Truman Dam separates 2 great bodies of water. The 56,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks has so many "arms" and "fingers" that it is often referred to as the "Magic Dragon." It is 94 miles long from the Bagnell Dam to Truman Dam. Truman Dam, built by the Corps of Engineers, was built for the purpose of flood control; however, sports enthusiasts will tell you that it's great for swimming, boating, water-skiing, sailing and camping. It also offers outstanding fishing for bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, bluegill and other fish. Numerous fishing tournaments are held on both lakes. The spoonbill, a prehistoric-looking fish, has its own special season in the spring from March 15 to April 30.
Hunting is also extremely popular in our area. White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, ducks, quail and small game populate the area. Truman Lake is a Corps lake and has some 110,000 acres of great habitat surrounding the lake.
If you'd rather go golfing, our area also offers challenging greens that can be found in Warsaw, Clinton, Sedalia and other local towns.
Any of us at Lincoln Realty would be happy to help you locate just that certain property you have been looking for - whether it be a lake cabin, town home, mini-farm, country acreage or business venture. Whatever your pleasure, come to Lincoln, "The Town Alive on 65." We know you'll want to stay!