History & Heritage

Dixon's Railroad Street Arches

, , 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, , , 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 May through October. ...

Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society

111-113 S. Hennepin Ave., , , 61021

The Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society was founded in 2014 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 w ...

Lowell Park Nature Center

2114 Lowell Park Road, , , 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.

Old Lee County Courthouse

112 East Second Street, , , 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 ...

Old Settlers Log Cabin

Lincoln Statue Drive, , , 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, , , 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

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 ...

Veterans Memorial Arch

215 South Galena Avenue, , , 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, , , 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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