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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dixon, Illinois

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Dixon is the county seat for Lee County
Dixon is in Lee County
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      Bureau County (17)  
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      LaSalle County (86)  
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1 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 101-103 West First Street
William J. McAlpine built this, Dixon's first “skyscraper”, for occupancy by Dixon National Bank in 1914. During the Depression, Board Member Charles Walgreen personally guaranteed all deposits with no loan foreclosures. In 1992 Dixon National . . . Map (db m230682) HM
2 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 102 South Galena Avenue
In 1854 E.B. Stiles established the Exchange Bank here, which was replaced by the Lee County Bank in 1865 and later the City National Bank. In 1926 the exterior was rebuilt by William J. McAlpine and would more recently feature additions such as . . . Map (db m230774) HM
3 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 105-107 South Peoria Avenue
Originally the Rosbrook Livery, this building has housed a milliner, an ice cream maker, a baker, a poulterer, a fruit dealer, and the Gambles Store. Rosbrook Hall, a popular social venue, has occupied the upstairs since the 1890s. The . . . Map (db m230777) HM
4 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 105-107 West First Street
The third floor of the “Union Block” served as a meeting hall for recreational and community organizations. An early Walgreen's was briefly at 105, while the Boynton Richards Men's Store provided quality men's clothing and shoes at 107 from . . . Map (db m230710) HM
5 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 113-121 West Second Street
Construction of this City Hall, with the City Jail in its basement, began in 1906. The east half of the building also housed the Fire Department, complete with sleeping quarters on the second floor and a brass pole for sliding down to the first . . . Map (db m230772) HM
6 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 115 South Hennepin
built in 1900 was donated by John & Peggy Beier to Dixon Main Street December 7, 1999Map (db m230775) HM
7 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 115 West First Street
Four pharmacies have occupied this building. First Tillison and Son, then Thomas Sullivan, and from the 1940s until the 1960s Joe Villiger, a pharmacist in the classic style of a Briash “chemist”, compounded medicines in house and . . . Map (db m230714) HM
8 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 123 East First Street
Over its history this impressive building has been the home of the Moose Hall, YMCA, Dixon Public Library, Preston Funeral Parlor, McLane Architects, Lee County Health Department, the American Red Cross, Dixon Water Department, a driver . . . Map (db m230765) HM
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9 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 202 West First Street
A huge downtown fire in 1859 leaped across the street from the north and destroyed the interior of this, one of Dixon's oldest buildings. After it was restored, it was used for many decades for offices, most notably those of F.X. Newcomer real . . . Map (db m230771) HM
10 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 212 West First Street
Violinist Orville Westgor came to Dixon in the 1920s to direct the pit orchestra at the new Dixon Theatre. He later taught music at Dixon High School, composed the DHS Loyalty Song, and established a general music store at this location in . . . Map (db m230769) HM
11 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 214 West First Street
The colorful history of this building includes a cigar maker, a farm implement store, the Dixon Sun, a popcorn vendor, the Princess Theatre, and a shoe repair service. Its best-known occupant was the Snow White Bakery in business on the main . . . Map (db m230767) HM
12 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — 82 Rods South of This Spot Was Born in a Log Cabin
82 rods south of this spot was born in a log cabin May 16, 1836 George H. Page. The first white child born in Palmyra Town.Map (db m131314) HM
13 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Abraham Lincoln
Was stationed here during the Black Hawk War in 1832, as captain of volunteers. On April 21, 1832, he enlisted at Richland Creek, Sangamon County, and was elected captain. He was mustered into state service at Beardstown on April 22 and into United . . . Map (db m78271) HM
14 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Berlin Wall Replica
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace-- if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe-- if you seek liberalization. come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev. Open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev. Tear down this . . . Map (db m78278) HM
15 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Christopher Brookner House
placed on the National Register November 13, 1984Map (db m230658) HM
16 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Dixon Historic Center
The Dixon Historic Center, in Dixon's old South Central School building, celebrates Ronald Reagan's years in Dixon and his attendance at South Central School. Ronald attended sixth and seventh grades in this building. This building has been . . . Map (db m78279) HM
17 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Dixon Memorial Arch
Original wood frame and beaverboard triumphal arch erected for June 12, 1919, celebration honoring Lee County W.W.I veterans and Dixon's Co. C, 123rd Field Artillery, 33rd Prairie Division. Deteriorating arch replaced in 1949 and then again in 1965 . . . Map (db m230796) HM
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18 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Dixon Memorial Swimming Pool
This Pool given by the citizens of Dixon, Illinois in Memory of the Men & Women who served in World War II. Erected & Dedicated 1950 Dixon Park District Edward Vaile, Pres. Commissioners Louis Pitcher John R. McDaniel Esther M. . . . Map (db m70717) HM
19 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Dixon Public Library
Books which young Ronald Reagan borrowed from the Dixon Public Library helped him shape lifelong values. At nine years of age in 1920 he received card number 3695, becoming a frequent Library visitor and an avid reader throughout his Dixon years. . . . Map (db m78275) HM
20 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — First Christian ChurchDisciples of Christ
On June 21, 1922, Ronald Reagan, with his brother Neil, was baptized at this church. Ronald and Mother Nelle were active members of the church from 1921 - 1937. Ronald Reagan taught a Sunday school class here. Mother Nelle taught Sunday school, snag . . . Map (db m78273) HM
21 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Historic Crawford Avenue Brick Street
From the 1890s until the 1920s, vitified paving bricks were the dominant choice of American towns and cities, lifting dirt streets from the deeply rutted and muddy conditions that disgusted shoppers and terrified drivers and their horses. Many . . . Map (db m230751) HM
22 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — I.C.R.R. Stone Arch Bridge
This is one of a unique trio of bridges built for the Illinois Central Rail Road by Robert F. Laing, engineer. The arching stones were cut to fit from native Galena limestone quarried near Dixon. The first train carrying passengers and freight on . . . Map (db m230779) HM
23 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — I.C.R.R. Stone Arch Bridge
This is one of a unique trio of bridges built for the Illinois Central Rail Road by Robert F. Laing, engineer. The arching stones were cut to fit from native Galena limestone quarried near Dixon. The first train carrying passengers and freight on . . . Map (db m230780) HM
24 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — I.C.R.R. Stone Arch Bridge
This is one of a unique trio of bridges built for the Illinois Central Rail Road by Robert F. Laing, engineer. The arching stones were cut to fit from native Galena limestone quarried near Dixon. The first train carrying passengers and freight on . . . Map (db m230781) HM
25 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Lincoln in the Black Hawk War
On May 12, 1832 Captain Abraham Lincoln's company of Illinois volunteers camped one mile west. Lincoln re-enlisted in two other companies and was frequently in Dixon. Discharged from service near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, on July 10, Lincoln passed . . . Map (db m78300) HM
26 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Lincoln Supports Fremont for President
On June 19, 1856, John Fremont was nominated as the first Republican candidate for President. Fremont, who had explored and pioneered the opening of the west, was a former U.S. Senator from California and an open and vocal opponent of slavery, which . . . Map (db m78276) HM
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27 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Nachusa House1837
To commemorate the forming of the Dixon Hotel Company by an act of the General Assembly of Illinois. 1837 Foundation begun. 1853 Hotel built and opened for business. 1867 Building enlarged by rough stone addition, top story and mansard . . . Map (db m230795) HM
28 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Our Fathers — Veterans of 1861-1865
Presented by The Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War in memory of Our Fathers — Veterans of 1861-1865 Dedicated June 14, 1939Map (db m171020) WM
29 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Reagan Home
The Reagan family—Jack, Nelle, and their two sons, Neil (age 12) and Ronald (age 9), moved to Dixon and into this house on December 6, 1920. The boys attended school at South Side School, later known as South Central School, just four blocks . . . Map (db m78281) HM
30 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Reagan Peace Park Murals
[Plaque 1] • The flag of the USSR is shown behind Vladimir Lenin, Russian leader of the Bolsheviks in the 1917 Revolution. • Soviet soldiers stand in Moscow's Red Square near the Kremlin, seat of the Communist government of the USSR. • . . . Map (db m230799) HM
31 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Reagan Way
Hennepin Avenue was often walked by a young Ronald Reagan from home to downtown and back. The street has four landmark institutions that played a vital role in the development of his character. They include the boyhood home, the grade school, now . . . Map (db m78280) HM
32 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — The First School House in Palmyra Town
The first school house in Palmyra town was erected 60 feet west of this spot, 1838. W. W. Bethea, the first teacher.Map (db m176250) HM
33 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — The Wings of Peace and Freedom
In 1991 Nick Tanev, an immigrant to the United States from Bulgaria, presented to then Mayor James Dixon and the City of Dixon, the sculpture called “The Wings of Peace and Freedom.” The presentation was made during a sister cities . . . Map (db m78277) HM
34 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon — Ward T. Miller
[front side] Born in Mt. Carroll, IL on July 5, 1884. Ward (Windy) moved to Dixon at the age of 16 to work at the Brown Shoe Factory. Successful seasons playing for the Dixon Browns baseball team led to opportunities to play minor league . . . Map (db m171019) HM
35 Illinois, Lee County, Dixon, Dixon Township — The Worst Road Bridge Disaster in American History
1868: The Construction of the Truesdell Bridge From Dixon’s founding in 1830 until 1846, the only way to cross the river was by boat or by John Dixon’s ferry. From 1846 to 1868, at least eight wooden bridges were built across the Rock . . . Map (db m232618) HM
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Dec. 6, 2023