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 Water Wonderland Splash Pad, during this hot summer, has been a favorite destination and not just for Dixon residents. During the Dixon Park District Board meeting Wednesday night, Executive Director Duane Long went over the numbers concerning Water Wonderland. He said at any one time since it has been open, 35-50 kids can be…read more »
For many years the old third floor room in the Old Lee County Courthouse has been the Lee County Boardroom. However, when it was a courtroom it was the domain of Judge James E. Bales. Bales, who was born in Dixon was the Lee County State’s Attorney from 1952-1964, From 1966-1985 he occupied the third…read more »
Does the City of Dixon have a housing shortage? City Manager Dan Langloss said at the most recent City Council meeting the city has planned well for such things as industrial growth and other areas. However, he stated the city has not planned well to grow the city. He said there are a couple of…read more »
Lee County Sheriff John Simonton told the Lee County Board Tuesday night he will not need to give too many more reports to them. The sheriff was talking about the new jail and sheriff department facility. Simonton explained that if the building passes the city inspection next week the sheriff will be given the keys.…read more »
Kathy A. Thomas, age 57 of Dixon, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her home. Kathy was born on December 6, 1961 in Rock Falls, the daughter of John and Pauline (Becrest) Crowder. She married Charles Thomas on July 12, 1997 in Rock Falls. Kathy worked for Kreider Services for 15 years as a habilitation…read more »
Ray Maakestad, 90, of Dixon, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. He was born on February 5, 1929 in Lee, IL to Melvin and Evelyn (Jacobson) Maakestad. He graduated from Waterman High School in 1947. Upon graduation he began working for the Great Lakes Pipeline Co. which later became Williams Pipeline Co. He married…read more »