Getaway to Ronald Reagan's Illinois (NW Illinois)
Ronald Reagan's Boyhood HomeTampico, IL, where Ronald Reagan was born and Dixon, IL, where he lived until he left home to attend Eureka College, are now home to numerous historic sites. Both towns are near Rock Falls, IL. The Reagan family moved frequently during his childhood, but his birthplace on Main Street in Tampico is open to visitors March – October. Stroll around town to see Reagan Park with an historical marker depicting the Reagan history in Tampico, a mural on the Pitney building on Main Street, another home once occupied by the Reagans (now a private residence and not open to the public), and several churches attended by the family. A home where Mr. Reagan lived from 1920 – 1923 on Hennepin Ave. in Dixon has been converted to a museum open April – mid-November.
Reagan Statue in DixonThe Dixon Historic Center (affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution) was once the school where Reagan attended. A statue of Reagan astride a Palomino by sculptor Donald L. Reed and the Wings of Peace, a sculpture symbolizing the uniting of the former East and West blocs in Europe can also be viewed in Dixon. Several other museums can be found in the area as well as “De Immigrant” Dutch Windmill and Cultural Center in Fulton, IL. An authentic Dutch windmill (built in the Netherlands) is operated by local docents. The Cultural Center houses an extensive collection of European Windmills.
Bed and Breakfast in Rock FallsThere are several hotels and inns in Rock Falls, as well as bed and breakfast inns throughout the area.
Rumor has it that John Denver based his song, “Country Road” on Illinois route 2 which follows the Rock River.