Dixon is a city and the county seat of Lee County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,733 as of the 2010 census, down from 15,941 in 2000. The city is named after founder John Dixon, who operated a rope ferry service across Rock River, which runs through the city. The Illinois General Assembly designated Dixon as “Petunia Capital of Illinois” in 1999 and “The Catfish Capital of Illinois” in 2009.
Dixon is the boyhood home of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The city is also the site of the Lincoln Monument State Memorial, marking the spot where Abraham Lincoln joined the Illinois militia at Fort Dixon in 1832 during the Black Hawk War. The memorial is located on the west side of Dixon’s main north-south street, Galena Avenue, (U.S. Highway 52, also Illinois Route 26), north of the Rock River.
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The Brinton Avenue property the Dixon School Board purchased seems to be starting to yield some profits. During the Dixon School Board meeting Wednesday night, Superintendent Margo Empwn gave a report on the Ag Class at the High School and the success they achieved. Empen said the Dixon High School Ag Class planted soybeans this…read more »
Just thinking about Petunia Festival in Dixon can warm a person up after a long cold winter. The Petunia Festival Board feels they have turned up the heat with a hot new up and comer in Country music as the headliner. Nick Escobar of the Petunia Festival Board and head of entertainment announced Thursday morning…read more »
The Royal Court for the 55th Petunia Festival has been chosen. Each of the students who applied for the court had to go through a rigorous process and interview. Finally this past weekend the crowning moment arrived and the court was named. This years court will be Pinky Petunia: Julia Heller Male Attendant: Collin Fassler…read more »
Lee County is in need of new revenue; however, some on the Lee County Board feels the actions of the board Tuesday night sent a negative message. The board met for their monthly meeting and they had several issues on the agenda. One issue looked harmless enough; however, it turned out to be the most…read more »
Sandra K. Zulauf, 78, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Avonlea Cottage of Dixon. Sandra was born June 4, 1940 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Lyle and Arlene (Cumming) Rieger. She married Billie M. Zulauf on October 5, 1957 on Sterling, he preceded her in death on December 18, 1996. Survivors include one daughter,…read more »
Martha Christina Boles, age 82 of Dixon, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home on April 6th 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Rollo and Grace Trower on May 16, 1936 in Winchester, Kansas. Martha was raised in Atchison, Kansas where she attended Atchison High School before completing training to become…read more »