Lincoln Park

Welcome to the Greater Mankato on the Move Mobile History Tour featuring Lincoln Park historic neighborhood.

Lincoln Park anchors a neighborhood as its namesake. In the early development of Mankato, the Lincoln Park neighborhood was where the upper class built their homes. The Lincoln Park neighborhood served as the center of living for the top of Mankato’s social ladder. They spared no expense when constructing their elaborate custom, hand-crafted houses. They built in a variety of styles, the most popular being Queen Anne, French Second Empire, Colonial Revival and Craftsman. This area, built mainly between 1856 and 1930, is one of the largest neighborhoods to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most buildings remain either intact or only slightly altered from their original design. Of the neighborhood’s 224 properties, 79% of the structures, which include houses, garages, and carriage houses, are designated as historic places on the national register.


The residents of this neighborhood were just as impressive as their houses. Prior to 1930, this neighborhood was home to many captains of industry, merchants, attorneys, mayors, an inventor, one of the first female doctors in Mankato, a Minnesota Governor, and the setting for a famous children’s literary series - Betsy-Tacy.


Within the neighborhood sits Lincoln School; constructed in 1922 to replace the previous school which was built in 1898. The building served as a public school until 1982. Today the building is used as a community center.


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