The Dixon Arch

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.

Attribution: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon,_Illinois

Dixon News

Lee Ogle Tran System

LOTS to Help Develop Mobility Solutions for Low-Income Community Members

Lee Ogle Transportation Services announced that Lee and Ogle Counties have been selected as one of five communities by the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), to develop and test ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members. The tests are for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to…read more »

Military Convoy

Historic Cross Country Trip Returns to Dixon

100 hundred years ago a convoy of military vehicles, led by a young officer named Dwight Eisenhower, was traveling across country to show the importance of good roads across the nation. On that trip the convoy stopped in Dixon and had lunch on the Old Courthouse lawn. Thursday, in 2019, another convoy of military vehicles…read more »

Next Picture Show 2

Next Picture Show Begins Major Fundraising Campaign

The Next Picture Show (TNPS), located at 113 W. 1st St. in Dixon, IL, has announced a major fundraising campaign to raise $300,000 in order to continue its mission to serve the cultural and fine arts needs of Dixon and the greater Sauk Valley area. According to board president, Gloria Nusbaum, “Approximately $250,000 will be…read more »

Dixon Obituaries


Verna Ellen (Wright) Knigge

Verna Ellen (Wright) Knigge, 88, passed away peacefully August 21, 2019 in Dixon, IL. Verna was born October 24, 1930 in Tecumseh, NE to the late Johnie and Florence (Goldsby) Wright.  She graduated from Tecumseh High School and Wayne School of Nursing in Chicago.  She married Clemens E. Knigge September 2, 1951.  He preceded her…read more »


Melvin Leroy Schappert

Melvin Leroy Schappert, 83, of Dixon, IL passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Franklin Grove Nursing Home in Franklin Grove, IL. He worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 32 years and was a truck driver for 5 years prior to his retirement. Melvin was born, October 6, 1935, in Muscatine, IA, the son…read more »

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