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The Dixon Memorial Arch.

Dixon is a city in Lee County, Illinois, USA. Named for its founder John Dixon (Dixon's Ferry) It is the county seat of Lee CountyGR6. Located on the Rock River, Dixon was the boyhood home of the 40th president of the USA, Ronald Reagan. In his teen years, Reagan lifeguarded along the banks of the Rock River. His family house is preserved at 816 South Hennepin Avenue, and authorized by Congress to become Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site. (Reagan was born in nearby Tampico, Illinois and moved to Dixon when he was 9 years old.)[1] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 846 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 846 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Lee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Dixons Ferry was the former name for Dixon, Illinois, United States. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Lee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... The proposed Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site would preserve the 816 South Hennepin Street, Dixon, Illinois house in which President of the United States Ronald Reagan lived beginning in 1920. ... Tampico is a village located in Whiteside County, Illinois. ...


The 2005 census estimate shows a decline in population to 15,372 [1]


Dixon is also the site of the Lincoln Monument State Memorial, marking the spot where the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, joined the Illinois militia 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 U.S. 26), just north of the Rock River. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ... Combatants United States Sauk Nation Commanders Henry Atkinson Henry Dodge Adam Snyder Isaiah Stillman Samuel Whiteside Black Hawk Strength 2,000 Miltia 1,500 Regulars volunteers? Indian allies ? 1000 The majority were women and children Casualties 33 killed in action 39 non-combatants killed 450-600 The Black Hawk War... United States Highway 52 is an unusual United States highway. ...

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Geography

Location of Dixon, Illinois

Dixon is located at 41°50′46″N, 89°29′6″W (41.846130, -89.485115)GR1. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.5 km² (6.8 mi²). 16.4 km² (6.3 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it (6.22%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


History

Around 1828, Ogee, a French/Indian half-breed, established a ferry and a cabin along the banks of the Rock River. In 1829, an employee of Ogee was named postmaster at the newly constructed post office.
Rock River may refer to: the Rock River, a tributary of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin and Illinois in the United States the Rock River, a tributary of the Big Sioux River in Minnesota and Iowa in the United States any of three Rock Rivers in Michigan in the United...


John Dixon, the eponymous founder, bought Ogee's ferry in the spring of 1830. Father Dixon brought his family to his new establishment on April 11th of the same year. Shortly after, the name of the post office was changed to Dixon's Ferry as well. [2] Dixons Ferry was the former name for Dixon, Illinois, United States. ...


Culture

Tourism

Every summer Dixon holds the annual Petunia Festival, featuring a parade, carnival, country concert, fireworks show, road race, and other various activities. The Petunia Festival was conceived after the Dutch Elms Disease wiped out the elm along Galena Avenue in the late 1950s. In response to the dramatic change the streetscape underwent, the Dixon Noon Lions Club first started planting petunias to regain some sort of streetscape identity once again to Galena Ave in the early 1960s. Before the festival, volunteers plant petunias all along the main streets, especially along Galena. The flowers are watered and maintained by the combined efforts of city workers and volunteers. Pink petunias are predominant, but purple and white ones, the colors of the local high school teams, the Dixon Dukes and Duchesses, are also planted. The parade features a multitude of floats from surrounding businesses, politicians, and other area groups. A queen, two princesses, and the whimsical character of Pinky the Petunia represent the city throughout the festival. A carnival is also held in Dixon during this time, and the festival ends with the Fourth of July fireworks. These fireworks over the Washington Monument are typical of Fourth of July celebrations In the United States, Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. ...

Abraham Lincoln Monument, located in Dixon Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Monument, located in Dixon Illinois

The city has an arch along Galena Ave., just south of the Rock River, that has the word "Dixon" in neon glasswork. Though commonly referred to as the Dixon Arch, the proper name for the structure is the War Memorial Arch.[3]Dixon is also home to the Jack Mabley Center and the Dixon Correctional Center. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 359 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 801 pixel, file size: 121 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo shot by myself on 12/20/2006 (Rattis Irrittis) I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 359 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 801 pixel, file size: 121 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo shot by myself on 12/20/2006 (Rattis Irrittis) I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 15,941 people, 5,681 households, and 3,488 families residing in the city. The population density was 972.3/km² (2,519.8/mi²). There were 6,138 housing units at an average density of 374.4/km² (970.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.33% White, 10.48% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.30% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 5,681 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 110.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $35,720, and the median income for a family was $45,088. Males had a median income of $32,511 versus $21,777 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,630. About 5.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Infrastructure

The healthcare needs of Dixon residents are served by Katherine Shaw Bethea (KSB) Hospital. Located at 403 East First Street in Dixon, KSB has been serving the area since 1897. The original hospital building and the land on which it was seated was donated to the city by Judge Solomon Bethea in honor of Katherine Shaw Bethea with the provision that the hospital always be named after her. KSB is a 99 inpatient bed certified facility with an emergency room, surgical wing, nursery, inpatient psychiatric ward, skilled nursing unit, and extensive outpatient services.[2] KSB Hospital recently acquired a large clinical facility in downtown Dixon and that clinic and its doctors now operate under the name Town Square Center.


See also

Dixon High School (DHS) is a high school located on Lincoln Statue Drive on the northern side of Dixon, Illinois. ... The Illinois Central Stone Arch Railroad Bridges are a trio of limestone railroad bridges in the city of Dixon, Illinois, United States. ...

External links

Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.ronaldreagantrail.net/Pages/ReaganTrail.php?city=2&page=Dixon
  2. ^ http://www.ksbhospital.com/about_ksb_overview.htm

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