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Prophetstown Civil War Monument

Prophetstown Civil War Monument

400 East 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277
Statue of Civil War soldier.
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
Abe Lincoln's cousin originally built this restored 1860 dry goods store. Today, this classic stone building is the national tourism…
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…
Lee County

Dixon Veterans Memorial Arch

Galena Avenue & Rt 2
Dixon, IL
Since 1919, this lighted historic memorial arch on Galena Avenue in Dixon has honored the veterans of war. The arch…
Lee County

Old Settlers Log Cabin

115 Lincoln Statue Drive
Dixon, IL 61021
Built in 1894, the Old Settler’s Log Cabin was built as a lasting tribute to the area's early settlers. 1969,…
Lee County

Mormon Plaque

59 S. East Avenue
Amboy, IL 61310
The Amboy Conference was the setting of the official "re-organization" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints…
Lee County

Mormon Cemetery

704 N. 1st St.
Amboy, IL
This cemetery of the Church of Latter Day Saints contains the grave of one of Brigham Young's wives.
Lee County

Mills & Petrie Memorial Building

701 N. 1st St
Ashton, IL 61006
Named after two Civil War veterans that "adopted" the town. The building houses city offices, the public library, and has…
Lee County

Loveland Community House and Museum

513 West Second Street
Dixon, IL
Love Illinois history?  Check out some interesting items found in this beautiful building.  Dolls & toys from yesteryear, some of…
Lee County

Lincoln Statue

Lincoln Statue Drive
Dixon, IL
A statue of 23-year-old Abraham Lincoln as he served as a volunteer soldier in the Black Hawk Indian War of…
Lee County
The Research Center holds an abundance of historical & genealogical information relating to the history of Lee County. Its collection…
Lee County

Lee County Courthouse

112 East Second Street
Dixon, IL
The courthouse was completed in 1901, on the site of the original county courthouse building. Land for the courthouse was…
Lee County

First Carson Pirie Scott Store Plaque

55 South East Avenue
Amboy, IL
In 1854, Samuel Carson left Ireland, found his way to Amboy, and opened a dry goods store called Carson Pirie…
Lee County

Dixon's Railroad Street Arches

First, Second and Third Streets
Dixon, IL
These three limestone arches were built in 1855 to support Illinois Central Railroad trains as they passed through the city…
Lee County

Amboy Depot Museum

99 East Main Street
Amboy, IL 61310
The Amboy Depot Museum is located in a former depot built in 1876 which served as the division headquarters of…

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