"I worked seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day, for $15--later $20--a week," Reagan wrote in An American Life, "and one of the proudest statistics of my life is seventy-seven--the number of people I saved during those summers." He once retrieved a swimmer's dentures, which earned him a $10 tip.
|Rock River in Lowell Park|
Even though Reagan called Lowell Park "a forested sanctuary" in American Life, I expected a Midwestern "picnic savanna," large oaks with open spaces. But it really is a forested sanctuary.
The park opened in 1907 and is named for the poet and diplomat James Russell Lowell, his family donated the property to Dixon.
Oh, the 78th life Reagan saved was in Sacramento on July 4, 1967. The daughter of a California assemblyman was struggling in a pool and the governor dove in--fully clothed--and rescued her.
|Where Reagan saved 77 lives|
- Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Dixon, a shining city upon a hill
- Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Ronald Reagan's Dixon, Illinois
- Ike, the military truck convoy, the Lincoln Highway, and Dixon, Illinois
- The only statue of Lincoln in military dress is in Dixon, Illinois
- New Reagan statue in Dixon, Illinois
- On this day 155 years ago: Lincoln campaigns for Frémont in Dixon, IL
- Rock River sunset in Dixon, Illinois
|Sunset east of Dixon--June 6, 2011|
- Fulton and the Reagan graves
- Chicago and the likely demolition of the Reagan apartment
- Hennepin Feeder Canal
- Ohio, Illinois
- Peoria Heights
- Washington, Illinois
- The town of Eureka
- Eureka College's Reagan Museum
- Returning to Eureka College and the 1982 address
- Eureka College
- Carl Sandburg
- Wyatt Earp