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Whiteside County

Dillon Home Museum

1005 E. Third Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
The Dillon Home is located in the heart of Sterling and is a work of Italianate Architecture, built in 1858…
Whiteside County

Prophetstown Murals

downtown business district
Prophetstown, Illinois 61277
The Murals of Prophetstown depict the history of the community and received a state of Illinois "Arts Friendly Community" award…
Whiteside County

Eclipse Square Memorial Park

301 Washington St
Prophetstown, Illinois 61277
Named after the Eclipse Lawnmower which originated in Prophetstown, this park was created to honor all those who served such…
Ogle County

Billy Barnhart Museum

201 N. 3rd
Oregon, Illinois 61061
Located in the historic Conover Square Mall, this museum features rooms of vintage toys, collectibles, sleighs, farm equipment and relics…
Ogle County

The Soldier's Monument

Washington Ave & 4th St
Oregon, IL
The Soldier's Monument, sculpted by Lorado Taft, is on the north lawn of the courthouse. It serves as a permanent…
Ogle County

Rochelle Public Library Building

619 4th Avenue
Rochelle, IL 61068
Erected in 1912 and funded by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, the interior of the library has a wealth…
Ogle County

Rochelle Fire Department Museum

401 5th Avenue
Rochelle, IL 61068
Museum contains a beautifully restored 1924 fire engine called "Old Gertie" plus other antique fire department equipment.
Ogle County
Built in 1853, this building houses Polo artifacts, exhibits and pictures, a collection of Civil War hats, and an extensive…
Ogle County

Ruby Nash Home/Ogle County Historical Museum

111 North 6th Street
Oregon, IL 61061
 The Nash Home and Museum opened in 1962. It was the home of the Chester Nash family and was built…
Ogle County

Ogle County Courthouse

Corner of 4th and Washington
Oregon, IL
The Ogle County Courthouse was built in 1892 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ogle County

Official Illinois Freedom Bell

Wesley Avenue
Mount Morris, IL 61054
Created in 1862 a replica of the Liberty Bell is located in a tower in the Mount Morris town square,…
Ogle County
The Jarrett Prairie Center Museum is newly renovated and the expanded museum space boasts amazing views of the Jarrett Prairie…
Ogle County

Henry School

Route 26 & Henry Rd
Polo, IL
The 1878 Henry School, on the Galena Trail, was used as a school until 1957. Purchased by the Polo Historical…
Ogle County
Ogle County Genealogical Research Library

Ogle County Genealogical Research Library

305 North First Street
Holcomb, IL
Library consists of Ogle County genealogical records, early marriages, plat maps from 1850 to 1872, and more. Established 1960. By…
Ogle County

Rochelle Flagg Township Museum

518 4th Ave
Rochelle, IL 61068
Museum holds a large collection of antiques and genealogical information. One of the more important artifacts is the 1915 Partin-Palmer…
Ogle County

Chana School

201 N. River Road
Oregon, IL
The Chana 2 room school, a National Register of Historic Places Site, began as a 1 room school in 1883…
Ogle County

Byron Museum of History & Lucius Read House

110 North Union St
Byron, IL 61010
Featuring local history and the Lucius Read house (circa 1843), the museum's exhibits include "Into the Outhouse", "Byron in the…
Ogle County

Burns House

201 North Franklin Avenue
Polo, IL 61064
The Burns House was the first brick house built in Polo in 1854 and is owned by the Polo Historical…
Ogle County

Black Hawk Statue

Lowden State Park
Oregon, IL 61061
The Eternal Indian Statue, commonly known as Black Hawk, was created by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1911 and is located…
Ogle County

Battleground Memorial Park - Stillman's Run

218 West Main Street
Stillman Valley, IL 61084
Abraham Lincoln, as a 23-year-old captain in the volunteer militia was mustered at Fort Dixon during the Black Hawk Indian…
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    April 10, 2023
    From an old piano factory to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience While visiting the Blackhawk Waterways region of northwest Illinois (Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties), a shopping mecca straight out of the 70s must be put on your itinerary. Conover Square Mall is a historic shopping center in Oregon, Illinois,…
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