Burma Shave Signs

Burma Shave Roadside Signs

Burma-Shave was an American brand of brushless shaving cream, famous for its advertising gimmick of posting humorous rhyming poems on small sequential highway roadside signs. Burma-Shave was introduced in 1925 by the Burma-Vita company owned by Clinton Odell. The company’s original product was a liniment made of ingredients described as having come “from the Malay Peninsula and Burma”.  Demand was sparse, and the company sought to expand sales by introducing a product with wider appeal. read more

Franklin Creek Grist Mill

Franklin Creek Grist Mill

Franklin Creek Grist Mill  is the only true water-powered operating grist mill in Illinois and was built by volunteers. Upper floors feature wood paneling from 43 different species of trees and exhibits from other natural areas. The Mill is available for rent for meetings and special events. read more

Amboy Depot Museum sunset

Amboy Depot Museum

This Illinois Central Railroad Depot, built in 1876, has been completely renovated and is now a 19-room museum reflecting the history of the Amboy area. Other attractions adjoining the museum include: a steam locomotive on display, a one-room schoolhouse, the Illinois Central Freight House, and a 1920′s era Norfolk & Western caboose all open for tours. read more

Dixon Riverfront & Mainstreet

The Dixon riverfront is an open air plaza that sits upon the historic site of a 1830′s ferry crossing and features a bronze statue of Ronald Reagan. Located between Galena Ave. and Peoria Ave., the riverfront area includes period lighting, trees, benches, outdoor tables with seats, and restrooms. The Pavilion offers a comfortable covered seating area, while the amphitheater seating is excellent for performance or speaking. Other areas of the riverfront include the West and East Promenades, the Fountain Rotunda and the River Canopy. read more

Northwest Territory Historic Center

Northwest Territory Historic Center

The Northwest Territory Historic Center, now a Smithsonian affiliate museum, was built in 1908 as Dixon’s South Central School.   Visit the Native American-Black Hawk War exhibit, early American farming exhibit, Ronald Reagan museum exhibit and learn more about local history.  The Center includes a museum store and art gallery on the first floor, a restored classroom where Ronald Reagan attended 6th grade, an auditorium with surround-sound theater and Veterans History Project regional center. read more

John Deere Historic Site

John Deere Historic Site

The company John Deere founded has a presence around the world, but it all started right here in Grand Detour, Illinois. When you step foot on these grounds, it will feel like taking a step back in time. Hear the floorboards creak as you walk inside John Deere’s home. Take in the beauty of the picturesque landscape. And feel the heat of fired steel inside a working blacksmith shop. Whether you’re a school group, a John Deere fan or a history buff, it’s an experience you just can’t miss. read more

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitors Center

This house was the Reagan’s first home when they moved to Dixon. The home has been restored to its 1920 condition and is the core of a small complex including a visitors’ center, gift shop, and park with a statue of the former president. read more

Image of the Lincoln Statue at the Fort Dixon site.

Abraham Lincoln Statue at Fort Dixon site and old settlers cabin

The Abraham Lincoln statue is located in the former Fort Dixon site next to the old settlers memorial cabin located in Dixon, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln served in the Army here at Fort Dixon, IL. The cabin was built in 1894 as a memorial to the early settlers of the Rock River Valley. Landowners of the region each provided an initialed log to erect the cabin. The cabin was moved to its’ present site in the Lincoln Statue Park in 1969. The cabin is maintained and open for display on certain days of the year by the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society. Call for information. read more

Chaplin Creek Village

Chaplin Creek Village

Chaplin Creek Village is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the middle 19th century. Several historically significant buildings and artifacts have been relocated from the surrounding area. Home of the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society, the Chaplin Creek Drafters, the Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders and the Illinois Atlatl Association. read more

Carson Pirie Scott Historic Site

Carson Pirie Scott Historic Site

A plaque denoting original site of the first Carson Pirie Scott Store is displayed on exterior of a storefront at 55 S. East Avenue in Amboy.  The Carson Pirie Scott chain originated in 1854 and the first store called Carson & Pirie opened in Amboy in 1855. read more