The state's capital, Madison, was named after James Madison, the fourth president of the United States.

Lincoln County, located in the state of Wisconsin, has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The region was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Chippewa, Menominee, and Potawatomi, who hunted and fished in the area. The first European settlers arrived in the mid-19th century, primarily of German and Irish descent, attracted by the region's plentiful forests and fertile land.

In 1874, Lincoln County was officially established, named after President Abraham Lincoln. Logging quickly became a significant industry in the area, with the Wisconsin River serving as a crucial transportation route for floating timber downstream. Numerous sawmills sprang up throughout the county, attracting immigrants from Scandinavia and other parts of Europe to work in the booming lumber industry.

The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s further fueled Lincoln County's development. The expansion of the railway network facilitated the transportation of timber, lumber, and agricultural products, leading to an increase in economic opportunities for the county's residents. The railroad also brought about the growth of towns and villages, including Merrill, which became the county seat.

In the 20th century, agriculture gradually replaced logging as the dominant industry in Lincoln County. Dairy farming, potato cultivation, and other agricultural activities thrived, providing employment and sustenance to the local population. Today, Lincoln County continues to boast a diverse economy, with a mix of agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism, attracting visitors to its natural attractions such as the beautiful lakes and forests that have been preserved throughout its history.

  • 1848: Wisconsin becomes a state of the United States, including what is now Lincoln County.
  • 1874: Lincoln County is established, named after President Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1875: The first courthouse is built in Merrill, the county seat of Lincoln County.
  • 1881: The Wisconsin Central Railway reaches Merrill, boosting the local economy.
  • 1899: Merrill is incorporated as a city.
  • 1929: The stock market crash and the Great Depression have a significant impact on Lincoln County's economy.
  • 1940: Under the Works Progress Administration, the Merrill Municipal Forest is established, providing employment opportunities.
  • 1975: The County-City Government Center is constructed in Merrill as a central hub for county operations.
  • 1998: The Lincoln County Historical Society is formed to preserve and promote the history of the county.
  • 2010: The completion of Highway 51 expansion improves transportation connections for Lincoln County.