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Dixon Telegraph Museum

113 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon, IL, 61021

The Dixon Telegraph Museum, located in the Dixon Telegraph offices, showcases the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixon, Illinois. The display area has an old fashioned 1850's printing press, historic newspapers and four walls of photographs show ...

Telephone:815-284-2224
Dixon Welcome Center

106 W. River St., Dixon, IL, 61021

Visit the Dixon Welcome Center for area tourist information, brochures and maps. Dixon gifts and souvenirs, Ronald Reagan history and gift items, and the free to the public Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition interpretive exhibit. The Dixon Welcome Center ...

Telephone:815-284-Dixon (3496)
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Dixon's Railroad Street Arches

Dixon, IL, 61021

Illinois Central Stone Arch Railroad BridgesThe Illinois Central Stone Arch Railroad Bridges are a trio of limestone railroad bridges. The bridges were constructed between 1852 and 1855 as the Illinois Central Railroad laid its first rail lines across the ...

John Deere Historic Site

8393 S. Main Street, Grand Detour, IL, 61021

In Grand Detour (10 miles north of Dixon), John Deere’s restored pioneer home and a special archaeological exhibit of the original blacksmith shop. The John Deere home, a working blacksmith shop, and a unique gift shop are open daily April through Novembe ...

Telephone:815-652-4551
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Lee County Genealogical Society

111 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, IL, 61021

The Lee County Genealogical Society was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to the purpose of promoting awareness of family history and helping people in their genealogical research. The society is a not-for-profit organization, relying on work by volunteers ...

Telephone:815-288-6702
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113 Madison Avenue, Dixon, IL, 61021

The Research Center holds an abundance of information relating to the history of Lee County. Its collection includes complete burial records for Lee County cemeteries, census records from 1820-1930, Dixon Telegraph microfilm from 1851-present, and much mo ...

Telephone:815-284-1134
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Lincoln Statue

Lincoln Statue Drive, Dixon, IL, 61021

A statue of 23-year-old Abraham Lincoln as a volunteer soldier serving in the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832. It is located in Dixon on Lincoln Statue Drive between the Abraham Lincoln Bridge & the Veterans' Memorial Bridge. It is the only known statu ...

Telephone:815-288-1840
Loveland Museum

513 West Second Street, Dixon, IL, 61021

Step back in time in the Loveland Museum and get a glimpse of Dixon and Lee County history. We have exhibits from the life of "Father" John Dixon, the Blackhawk War, Civil War and other conflicts, local industry and attractions, the Truesdell Bridge disas ...

Telephone:815-284-2741
Lowell Park Nature Center

2114 Lowell Park Road, Dixon, IL, 61021

A museum dedicated to natural resource education, with exhibits of native plants; wildlife and USFWS/IDNR licensed live educational birds of prey. Staff is available 40 hours per week for special programs. Donations. Wheelchair accessible.

Telephone:815-288-5209
Northwest Territory Historic Center

205 W. 5th Street, Dixon, IL, 61021

Northwest Territory Historic Center (formally known as The Dixon Historic Center) is a history research and learning center housed in President Ronald Reagan’s boyhood South Central School; located in his hometown of Dixon, Illinois. Beautifully restored ...

Telephone:815-288-5508
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Old Lee County Courthouse

112 East Second Street, Dixon, IL, 61021

The courthouse was completed in 1901, on the site of the original county courthouse building. Land for the courthouse was donated by the founder of Dixon, "Father" John Dixon. A stone marker commemorates a day in 1856 when Abraham Lincoln addressed a crow ...

Telephone:815-288-5676
Old Settlers Log Cabin

Lincoln Statue Drive, Dixon, IL, 61021

The log cabin was built in 1894 as a lasting tribute to the area's early settlers. In 1969, permission was granted to relocate the cabin to state-owned property that was formerly the site of Fort Dixon. Located between the bridges on the North side of the ...

Reagan Peace Park

S. Galena Avenue and Second Street, Dixon, IL, 61021

A Memorial to the end of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.  A Celebration of Peace and Freedom.  The park features the "Wings of Peace Statue" and a replica of the Berlin Wall.  A Bulgarian immigrant donated the ...

Ronald Reagan Trail

Illinois

Ronald Reagan Trail - 13 Communities in NW Illinois celebrating the legacy of President Ronald Reagan. Many historic landmarks, museums, and events honoring this great man. Visit our web-site at www.ronaldreagantrail.net to learn about GeoCaching through ...

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Veterans Memorial Arch

215 South Galena Avenue, Dixon, IL, 61021

Since 1919, this lighted historic memorial arch on Galena Avenue in Dixon has honored the veterans of war. The arch has become a true Dixon landmark as it greets travelers and visitors who pass beneath it.

Veterans Memorial Park

Illinois Route 2 West, Dixon, IL, 61021

Veteran’s Memorial Park Commission was established to bring into reality the vision of a Memorial Park, which would be dedicated to all Veterans of Military Service. The words, “All Veterans”, the commission defines as all men or women from any state or ...

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Historic Dixon Theater

114 South Galena Avenue, Dixon, IL, 61021

HistoryThe Historic Dixon Theatre has an interesting past, an exciting present and a promising future. In 1920, Leonard G. Rorer, then manager of Dixon’s Family Theatre, announced he had purchased the site of the old Opera House in downtown Dixon “for th ...

Telephone:815-973-4318
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Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home & Visitors Center

816 Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL, 61021

Boyhood home restored to 1920 era, when Ronald Reagan and his family lived there. Guided tours and gift shop. Partially wheelchair accessible. Open April through October, 7 days. Hours listed below. Group tours by appointment. Visitors over 12: $5.00

Telephone:815-288-5176
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