Learn About the 40th President in Dixon

Make history come alive along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.  This is a great way to teach the kids and to learn something new yourself. Did you know? President Lincoln isn't the only president who spent some time in Illinois.

Visit former president Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon.  Learn all about what it was like for our former president in his early days.  The Reagan's moved into this house in December during the 1920s when Ronald was only 10 years old!  Be transported back in time and see the house that is furnished with period pieces.  Learn all about what the president was like when he was growing up. Get into a Model T, during certain days, and see what it was like to drive back in the day.  Visit Dixon’s Heritage Crossing Riverfront Plaza along the shore of the Rock River to see Ronald Reagan’s Equestrian Statue, formally known as Begins the Trail.  This statue was complete in 2009 to commemorate our 40th president.  While in Dixon grab a bite to eat in one of many restaurants.

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Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.