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Ogle County

1918 Standard Oil Filling Station

500 Lincoln Avenue
Rochelle, IL 61068
The very first gasoline filling station in Rochelle and the first filling station built along the Lincoln Highway in Illinois.…
Ogle County

1870 Buffalo Grove Lime Kiln

Galena Trail Road
Polo, IL 61064
Located on the Old Galena Trail, this lime kiln was in operation until the early 1900's and burned rock from…
Ogle County

Rochelle Railroad Park & Gift Shop

124 North 9th Street
Rochelle, IL 61068
Anywhere from 80 to 120 trains pass through Rochelle in a 24 hour period. This has made Rochelle a “hot…
Whiteside County

Tampico Area Historical Museum

119 South Main Street
Tampico, IL 61283
This museum includes a family history library and research center, family and local histories, Ronald Reagan photos and documents, memorabilia…
Whiteside County

Sterling Rock Falls Historical Museum

1005 East 3rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081
Check our website for updates on hours and days we are open Located in the Carriage House on the grounds…
Whiteside County

Sterling Mural Society

Various locations in downtown Sterling
Sterling, IL 61081
In January 2014, the Sterling Mural Society, originally established in 1995, came under the stewardship of Sterling Main Street.  20…
Whiteside County

Ronald Reagan Birthplace

111 South Main
Tampico, IL 61283
Apartment where Ronald Reagan was born which has been restored and decorated using furnishings similar to those used by the…
Whiteside County

Firehouse Fire Museum

403 W 2nd St
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Located at the former Rock Falls Fire Station in uptown Rock Falls, the Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum takes a look…
Whiteside County

Morrison's Heritage Museum

202 East Lincolnway
Morrison, IL 61270
Located at 202 East Lincoln Highway, a building on the National Historic Register, Morrison’s Heritage Museum has many interesting exhibits…
Whiteside County

Martin House Museum

707 10th Avenue
Fulton, IL
Whiteside County

Little Red Schoolhouse Museum

512 East 11th Street
Rock Falls, IL 815-625-0272
Replica of an early 19th-century American one-room schoolhouse. Open Sunday afternoons and by appointment.
Whiteside County

Henry C. Adams Memorial Library

209 West 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL
Erected in memory of Henry Adams who was founder of Eclipse Lawn Mower, which was built in Prophetstown.
Whiteside County

Prophetstown Civil War Monument

400 East 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277
Located on the east bank of the Rock River, this Civil War Monument of a lone soldier stands near the…
Whiteside County

Asa Crook Home

680 East 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277
First frame house built in 1839 by Whiteside County's first settler. Restoration in progress. Donations.
Lee County

Veteran's Memorial Park

Illinois Route 2 West
Dixon, IL 61021
Dedicated to all veterans of military service, this new memorial park includes a fountain, flags, Lest We Forget arbor, and…
Lee County

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home & Visitors Center

816 Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021
Tour the home that the Reagan family resided in from 1920-1923, which has been completely restored. Meander through the Visitor…
Lee County

H.I. Lincoln Building

136 North Elm Street
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
A cousin of Abraham Lincoln, Henry Isaac Lincoln, built this historic building. Stop in and learn the history of the…
Lee County

Dixon Welcome Center

87 S Hennepin Ave
Dixon, IL 61021
Visit the Dixon Welcome Center for area tourist information, brochures and maps. Dixon gifts and souvenirs, Ronald Reagan history and…
Lee County

Chaplin Creek Village

1715 Whitney Road
Franklin Grove, IL
Founded and supported by the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society, Chaplin Creek Village is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project…
Lee County

Reagan Peace Park

Galena Avenue and Second Street
Dixon, IL 61021
Reagan Peace Park includes a 20 ft tall sculpture entitled Wings of Peace and Freedom donated by Bulgarian artist, Nick…
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