816 Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021


10am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday
Open April 1st thru October 30th


Phone: 815 288 5176
Fax: 815 288 3642

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Ronald Wilson Reagan was born February 6th, 1911 in Tampico, IL in an apartment above the bank. When asked what the child looked like, his father Jack remarked that he looked like “a fat little Dutchman”. His mother also gave him a “Dutch boy hair cut.” The Nickname “Dutch” then stuck. Ronald “Dutch” Reagan and his family moved to Dixon on December 6th 1920. Ronald was just about 9 years old at the time and lived there until after he graduated from Eureka College at 22 years old. They first moved to the house at 816 Hennepin Ave. then moved to several other houses over the years. 

While in Dixon, Ron and his brother Neil checked out hundreds of books from the public library, attended South Central School and worked as caddies at the country club. Ron was a drum major for the Dixon YMCA Band, and a life guard out at Lowell Park where he saved 77 lives from the Rock River. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Dixon and taught Sunday School with his mother Nelle.