Quality Characteristics About Dixon

Quality Characteristics About Dixon, IL Est. 1832

*A beautiful Community know as the Jewel of the Sauk Valley
*Heritage Crossing Downtown Riverfront Plaza anchored by Ronald Reagan statue
*Petunia Capital of Illinois. 200 volunteers plant 30,000 petunias along main streets
*Hometown of Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home open to the public
*Central Business District declared a National Historic Site by the U.S. Park Service
*95% occupancy in Central Business District including several upscale restaurants
*A designated Tree City, USA Community with a City appointed Tree Board
*A master planned I-88 Interchange Business District anchored by a Super Wal Mart
*One of the best-organized, effective Main Street Organizations in Illinois
*More parks per capita than any other Midwest City including the picturesque and charming 200-acre Lowell Park along the Rock River
*The annual week long Petunia Festival over July 4th is one of the down states largest festivals
*The Dixon Historic Center, an architectural jewel, preserving local history (formerly grade school attended by Reagan)
*Historic Lincoln Highway and Reagan Trail running north south through City
*Quality affordable housing from grand Victorians to modern mansions
*Dixon Victory Arch over Downtown Street. First one erected in 1920 after WWI
*The beautiful Rock River, which early settlers called the Hudson of the West, flowing through the middle of the City
*The state designated Catfish Capital of Illinois
*A Downtown Welcome Center providing information on historic sites and attractions to visitors
*A growing tourism industry spearheaded by the City appointed Dixon Tourism board
*A large art growing community anchored by the Next Picture Show Fine Arts Center, the Crystal Cork, Second Saturdays Art Happenings and Garden stock
*A comprehensive health care system with two multi specialist clinics and 100 bed KSB Hospital
*5 public golf courses in Dixon and surrounding area
*An $18 million dollar state of the art wastewater treatment plant designed to expand and process double the current population
*At a cost of $14 million, deep-water well systems are providing safe, highest quality potable water to citizens and food manufacturing companies
*Environmental accomplishments by City published and distributed worldwide in Global Mayors Forum Magazine
*One of the best-maintained modern small airports in the state (3800' runways with plans to extend to 5000')
*A solid school system anchored with a community college
*A broad based diversified industrial community and 3 business parks with the infrastructure in place to develop an additional 1000 acres
*The community is served by a daily newspaper and 5 am-fm radio stations
*The City is the location of the Illinois Department of Transportation District Office, an Illinois Correctional Institution and the Mabley Developmental Center collectively employing close to 1,000
*A strong core of business and civic leadership supported by 175-citizen volunteers serving on 23 City appointed boards and commissions
*The Loveland Community Building and Museum
*A successful City partnership with Lee County Industrial Development Corp. recruiting new industries
*A $7 million high tech public safety building housing the Dixon Police and Fire departments
*Two modern bridges with wide walking/biking pathways connecting Heritage Crossing to the Park District trail system
*Residents that are proud of their City and confident about its future
*A City appointed Historic Preservation Commission committed to preserving and restoring historic downtown buildings
*Religious diversity with 30 houses of worship including a Mosque, 2 Catholic and 27 Protestant Churches
*John Deere Home and Historic Site (Grand Detour)
*A 75-member municipal band since 1920 that developed nationally know musicians
*Abe Lincoln statue at site of Fort Dixon where Lincoln served as a Captain in U.S. Army during the Blackhawk Indian War
*Lincoln marker and bronze narrative plaque on Old Courthouse lawn where Lincoln spoke to thousands of Dixon and Lee County residents on behalf of 1856 Presidential Candidate John Fremont
*60-acre Plum Creek Arboretum and Botanical Center
*Veterans Memorial Park with many exhibits and military displays
*Reagan Peace Park with Wings of Peace sculpture, murals and full size replica of Berlin Wall, which Reagan was instrumental in having torn down
*Nachusa apartments, formerly Nachusa Hotel opened in 1853. Guests included Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Jefferson Davis, Stephen Douglas and Ronald Reagan
*Home to the Lee County Genealogical Society and Lee County Historical Society research centers providing family heritage and historic information
*Historic Dixon Theatre Center for the performing arts opened in 1922
*Numerous annual festivals and events including the week long Petunia Festival over July 4th one of the downstate's largest, Irish Fest, Cabela King Kat Catfish tournament, Reagan Trail Days, Carp Fishing Tournament, Oktoberfest, Reagan 5K Run and Christmas Walk
*Reagan Way a 9 block historic street featuring the 4 institutions that developed and shaped Reagan's character including the boyhood home, grade school, public library and First Christian Church
*Dixon Telegraph Museum features the newspaper and its role in the history of Dixon with many photographs
*Dixon Sister Cities Association coordinating activities and visits with 4 chartered sister cities in Herzberg, Germany, Dickson Russia, Castlebar County Mayo, Ireland and Thika Kenya

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