Saturday, August 21, 2010
New Reagan statue in Dixon, Illinois
A few things have changed since the last time I was in Dixon, Illinois, the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan.
First the good news: Last August a new Ronald Reagan statue was unveiled at Riverfront Plaza, near where the Gipper was a lifeguard--he saved 77 lives. The 40th president is looking up Hennepin Avenue, where the family home, his church, grade school, and libary are. It's a significant improvement over the statue next to the Reagan house, the Great Communicator holding kernels of corn in hand just doesn't fit.
February 6, 2011 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Reagan, who was born in nearby Tampico--he's the only president who was born in Illinois.
Oh, I said there was bad news--it involves one of those Obama stimulus "campaign signs." Look for that post tomorrow.
Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Tampico, Ronald Reagan's birthplace
Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Dixon, a shining city upon a hill
Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Ronald Reagan's Dixon, Illinois
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