Introduction to Dixon, Illinois
The earliest settler in this areas was a man named Ogee, who is said to have been of a mixed Native American and French descent. Ogee built a cabin and established a ferry along the banks of the Rock River. The area had its first post office in 1829, and the postmaster was an employee of Ogee. In 1830, John Dixon, after whom the area is named, bought Ogee’s Ferry and settled down in this area with his family. Dixon is also the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the USA.
Dixon and nearby Attractions
- Loveland Museum
- Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home
- Stella Grobe Research Center
- Old Settler's Memorial Log Cabin
- Chaplin Creek Historic Village
- Nachusa Grasslands
Things To Do In Dixon
Dixon is a lively city which is famous for its annual Petunia Festival. The Petunia Festival features a carnival, parade, fireworks show, a road race, country concert and many other activities. Lowell Park is a wonderful place to relax. It is spread over an area of 200 acres and has a nature center along with provisions for activities like hiking, cycling and picnicking, among others.
Greater Rockford Airport offers regular services.
Dixon Higher Education
Sauk Valley Community College is the local institution for higher education. Kishwaukee College and Rock Valley College also offer opportunities for higher studies.