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The history of Lincoln, New Hampshire as we know it dates back to the middle of the 18th Century when a group of investors from Connecticut took over the territory with the permission of the Royal Governor. No one actually lived in the town until almost 20 years later, when the first settlers came in.
From its earliest days, Lincoln was a tourist area. Located in the White Mountains with little farmable land, hotels were one of the town's main sources of business, serving patrons from Boston and New York who wanted to escape the city heat.
Lincoln's other form of profitable business was logging, its surrounding forests rich with old-growth trees. Much of the wood cut in the area was shipped out to Boston and other large Northeast cities. By the late 19th Century, Lincoln's saw mill was the town's largest employer.
Today, with the creation of the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln is no longer a logging center. However, the town remains a favorite of tourists from across the U.S. who come to enjoy the area's mountains and natural beauty.