The Reagan centennial festivities continued Saturday with the burial of a time capsule in Dixon.
Ronald Reagan, the only U. S. president born in Illinois, lived in Dixon from age 9 until his graduation. Dixon Reagan Centennial chairwoman Ann Lewis says she approached the local high school’s Class of 2011 about creating the time capsule, which includes letters from those seniors as well as from other people connected to Reagan and the places in his life.
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The time capsule was buried at 11 a. m. Saturday next to the Reagan statue on the Dixon riverfront. It’s to be opened in 50 years.
Dixon also lays claim to part of another president’s story. Lewis says Abraham Lincoln was stationed at Fort Dixon during the Black Hawk War, and a Lincoln statue stands across the Rock River from Reagan’s.