About Lincoln

History

Native Americans have occupied the Blackfoot Valley for at least 10,000 years, using it primarily as a hunting ground. Territory was contested between different tribes, none of whom established permanent settlements. The Nez Perce name for the Blackfoot River, Cokalahishkit, means “river of the road to the buffalo.” Merriweather Lewis famously took this route on his return journey from the Pacific Ocean in 1806. Montana Highway 200, stretching from Idaho to North Dakota, follows the path of this historical trail.

Founded over 150 years ago, Lincoln began its life as a mining outpost during the gold boom of the 1860s. By the time the boom died out in the 1970s, Lincoln had been established as a settlement and continued to attract tourists to its nearby wilderness areas.

Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber,” lived and was apprehended in Lincoln.

Stats

Elevation: 4,541′
Population: 1,100 (2000)

The Essentials: Where to Stay and Eat

Lodging

Hotel Lincoln: 101 Sleepy Hollow Ln, (406) 362-4822
Leeper’s Motel: 110 1st Ave, (406) 362-4333
Three Bears Motel: 203 Main St, (406) 362-4355
Sportsman Motel: 416 Main St, (406) 362-4481
The Blue Sky Motel: 328 Main St, (406) 362-4450
Hooper Park Campground: 948 Main St, (406) 362-4550

Food

Dining
The Wheel Inn: 123 Main St, (406) 362-9261. Home of the famous Wheelburger and a lively nightlife.
Bushwackers Steakhouse and Saloon: 190 Main St, (406) 362-4424. Complete with a full-service bar and casino!
The Scapegoat Eatery: 511 Main St, (406) 362-4272. Pizza, soup, sandwiches, and more. Promising to be “cozy and personal or raucous good fun”!
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant: 153 Hudson Ln. Authentic Mexican food just a stone’s throw from Canada!

Grocery
D&D Foodtown Grocery: 510 Main St, (406) 362-4371

Drink

Coffee
Coyote Coffee: 528 Main St. Drive-thru offering everything from caffeinated beverages to Montana’s famed huckleberry milkshakes.

Libations
The Wilderness Bar: 511 Main St, (406) 362-9200. Located in the Scapegoat Eatery. Features live music.
Lambkins Bar & Restaurant: 460 Main St, (406) 362-4380. Try your luck at the slot machines or get a drink mixed with huckleberry liquor.

Other Resources: Gear, Information, etc.

Outdoor Gear

Grizzly Hardware: 628 Main St, (406) 362-4995. Also sells hunting and fishing licenses.

Internet

Lewis & Clark Library: 102 9th St, (406) 362-4300. Closed Sat.

Post Office

US Post Office: 237 Main St, (406) 362-4523
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm. Closed Sat and Sun.

Showers

Hooper Park Campground: 948 Main St, (406) 362-4550

Transportation & Trail Access

Getting Here

Lincoln is situated in the Blackfoot Valley along MT Highway 200. It lies between two commercial airports, located in Great Falls and Missoula, MT. Each airport is about 1.5 hours’ drive from Lincoln. Cars can be rented at either location.

Continental Divide Trail Access

Lincoln offers THREE easy access points to the CDT, each 20 miles or less from downtown.

From Stemple Pass
Stemple Pass Rd, maintained year-round, offers direct access to the CDT east of Lincoln. The trailhead has a bathroom, picnic tables, fire rings, and informational kiosks. Overnight parking is permitted.

From Flescher Pass
Follow MT State Highway 279 east out of town. The trailhead has a bathroom, picnic tables, fire rings, and a large CDT sign at the pass. Overnight parking is permitted.

From Rogers Pass
Highway 200, also known as Lincoln’s Main St, leads directly east to cross the CDT.

Alice Creek Trailhead
For the more intrepid hikers, Alice Creek provides the closest access to the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall wilderness areas. Visitors can even drive 1.5 miles of the CDT on a dirt road. The trailhead has a bathroom, picnic tables, fire rings, and informational kiosks. Overnight parking is permitted.

Events & Attractions

Events

Lincoln Arts Festival
Starting with a barn dance and ending with a community celebration of the CDT, this festival highlights the artistic and cultural forces at work in the Blackfoot Valley. With vendors, live music, and more, all proceeds will benefit the arts in Lincoln.

Attractions

Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Park
Five minutes east of downtown, on National Forest land, sits an unexpected and unique art installation – with a mission. Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild commissions artists from across the globe to visit Lincoln and create works that celebrate its mining and timber heritage, while re-envisioning a future focused on environmental conservation.

Lincoln’s Grizzly Bear
Housed at the Lincoln Ranger District Office a half-mile east of town, this 830-pound grizzly is the third-largest on record in Montana. He was killed by a pickup truck in 2007, and his taxidermied remains are on display for the public, M-F 8am-4pm.