Lincoln Self Guided Tour

Crawford House

204 East Third Street, ,

Built by Joseph Crawford, an early Dixon Settler, Crawford represented Lee & Whiteside Counties in the Illinois House of Representatives and met Abraham Lincoln in Springfield.  In the summer of 1860, he took Lincoln for a carriage ride to Frankl ...

Dixon Telegraph Museum

113 S. Peoria Ave., , , 61021

History of newspaper founder, B.F. Shaw’s efforts to help form the Republican party in Illinois to assist Abraham Lincoln in getting elected President; sculpture of seated Lincoln by famed sculptor Gutzon Borglum of Mt. Rushmore fame. Self guided to ...

Dixon Welcome Center

106 W. River St., , , 61021

First paved coast-to-coast highway named in honor of President Lincoln. The historic highway passes through the center of Dixon and has a pavilion on the south side of the Rock River on Galena. The Dixon Welcome Center has a Lincoln Highway Interpretive ...

Lincoln Bust & Lee County Civil War Veterans Honor Roll

112 East Second Street, , , 61021

Located inside the lobby of the Old Lee County Court House; bust located between doors on north side, Civil War Honor Roll on west wall. American sculptor Leonard Volk made one of the two life masks of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.  Volk used that life m ...

Lincoln Statue & Historical Marker

Lincoln Statue Drive, , , 61021

French sculptor Leonard Crunette portrays a beardless, 23 year old Abraham Lincoln while Captain of a company of volunteer militia in 1832 during the Blackhawk War. He wears a sword and belt and carries his coat over one arm. The bronze statue is on the s ...

Lincoln Stone Marker & Bronze Narrative

112 E. 2nd St., , , 61021

112 E. 2nd St. outside on east lawn of the Old Lee County Courthouse, next to Ottawa St. between 2nd & 3rd St. In 1856, Lincoln campaigned for Presidential Candidate John Fremont. He gave a two hour speech on the courthouse lawn before 1500 people. I ...

Loveland Community House and Museum

513 W 2nd Street, , , 61021

Diorama of Dixon’s Ferry, Blackhawk War info, model of Lincoln’s boyhood home in Indiana, Civil War memorabilia and a copy of the shawl Lincoln wore when assassinated. Museum Hours of Operation: Thursday –Friday 9am-2pm, Saturday 10am-3pm

Nachusa House

215 South Galena Avenue, , , 61021

Not open to the public.  View from outside only. First conceived as a hotel in 1837 by John Dixon; finally constructed in 1853.  It was a stopover on the stagecouach route from Chicago to Galena and Peoria.  In 1855, it became a railroad s ...

Northwest Territory Historic Center

205 W. 5th Street, , , 61021

Black Hawk War display which includes a Lincoln section with 30 Ostendorf prints illustrating Lincoln's life; 10 Smithsonian photographic portraits, replica of Lincoln's bible used in first inauguration; facsimiles of the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettys ...

Rock River

Flows from Wisconsin to the Mississippi River, through Dixon. The Rock River Trail is 320 miles long and part of the National Water Trails.  When Captain Lincoln brought his soldiers to Dixon, they would cross the Rock River on Dixon's Ferry.  ...

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