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COUNTY INFORMATION
The present Lee County boundary and the designation of its county seat as Dixon was set on Feb. 27, 1839. The county is named for Gen. Richard Henry Lee, father of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Southern commanding office in the Civil War.Before Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818, counties were drawn out in the Illinois Territory. In 1790 the Lee County present area was included inparts of Knox and St. Clair Counties.The next redrawing of county lines in 1801, placed this area in Madison County. Two years later the lines were changed and continued to be redrawn for the next four years, until 1818, when the territory became a State.In the last change before statehood, Lee became part of Bond and Clark Counties. Now part of the Union, and in 1821 the county lines were moved again. This time Lee was included as part of Pike County.Continued development of the area brought changes in lines again in 1823 and Lee became part of Fulton County. In another two years Lee became part of Putnam County and again two years later in 1827, the area became part of Jo Daviess County. In another quadriennium the area was made part of LaSalle County - five years later and the last change before its present configuration, Lee became part of Ogle County. Three years later and the General Assembly finally established Lee County as we now know it.

The noted author, poet, editor, critic and biographer, William Cullen Bryant, in 1841, traveled throughout the Rock River Valley area and wrote of his impressions of the newly settled territory of Northern Illinois. Bryant thought that the Dixon's Ferry vicinity was one of the true garden spots in mid-America and wrote in glowing terms concerning it.As a traveler and naturalist, he had come to know the eastern states of the country well, but mentioned on several occasions that the Rock River Valley surpassed anything that he had yet sent. From an article that he wrote for his New York City newspaper, we find that he had this to say:

"I have just returned from an excursion of Rock River, one of the most beautifu l of our western streams. It flows through the high prairies, and not like most streams of the West, through an alluvial country. The current is rapid and the pellucid (translucent) waters glide over a bottom of sand and pebbles. It admirers declare that its shores unite the beauties of the Hudson and the Connecticut. The banks on either side are high and bold; majestic trees grow solitary or in clumps and back to the bluffs extends a fine array of agricultural region, rich prairies and undulating surfaces interspersed with groves.At the foot of the bluffs break springs of clear water, which hasten in little brooks to the river. In a drive which I took up the left bank in the river, I saw three of these in the space of as many miles. One of these is the spring which supplies the town of Dixon with water. In the neighborhood of Dixon a class of immigrants have established themselves (in 1841) more opulent and luxurious in their tastes than most of the settlers of the western country. Some of these have built elegant homes on the left bank of the river, amidst the noble trees, which seem to have grown for that very purpose."

Bryant, who was born in 1794 and died in 1868, became known as the "Father of American Poetry" and is probably best remembered by historians as the man who brought young Abraham Lincoln to New York City for the famous Cooper's Union address that started Lincoln on the way to the White House.

 

LEE COUNTY INTERESTS

"BANDITTI"

BIBLE RECORDS

BIOGRAPHIES

BIRTHS

  BUSINESS & MFG.

BUSINESSMEN 1855

CEMETERIES

CENSUS
Also - Directories/ Schedules, Plat Books, Prairie Farmers

CENTENARIANS

CHURCHES

Future

DEATHS

DEEDS

FARM SALES
FAMOUS PLACES
Charters Cabin Hazelhurst Indian Lookout Hazelwood Estates
Nachusa Hotel
FORGOTTEN PLACES

'FATHER DIXON'

GALLERY
Postcards & Photos

GOSSIP & NEWS

HISTORY
Black Hawk War

JOSIE & JACK

LIFE On The PRAIRIE
By Katherine (Wright) Hart

MARRIAGES

ANNIVERSARIES
DIVORCE
WEDDINGS

MILITARY
A Soldiers Monument
Green River Ordnance Plant
Green River Ordance Plant

NEWS ARTICLES

NEWS YEARS 1841

NORWEGIANS
In Lee County

OBITUARIES

OLD HOMES

OLD HOMES ASHTON

OLD HOTELS

OLD HOTELS ASHTON

OLD MILLS

OLD SETTLERS

OLD SETTLERS to Iowa

OHIO to ILLINOIS
By Mary P. Tripp 1892

ORGANIZATIONS

Cub Scouts
Early Fraternal Organizations
Y.M.C.A. of Dixon

PIONEER
FAMILIES

RECOLLECTIONS
by David Smith

REUNIONS

THE ROCK RIVER
Bridges in Lee Co
Dixon Memorial Bridge
Truesdell Collapse

SCHOOLS

SOCIAL SECURITY 1947

REMEMBERING RONALD REAGAN

What The 4th Means To Me By Ronald Reagan

Louella Parsons Days 1941

WALGREEN DRUG STORES
It All Started In Dixon

SURNAMES

STORMS & FIRES
Cyclone 1860
Cyclone 1890
Fire of 1859
Fire of 1880
Fire of 1903

WILLS & PROBATES

YEARBOOKS
Class of 1926
Class of 1927

Class of 1928



WEBSITES
With Lee Co Connections


 

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LEE CO. CITIES - TOWNS - TOWNSHIPS

Lee County Township Map

ALTO TOWNSHIP
STEWARD

History of Steward
Alto Twp. History

AMBOY TOWNSHIP

Amboy Twp. History
Business & Mfg. of Amboy

Community of Amboy
Amboy Library
Rocky Ford Community

ASHTON TOWNSHIP

Ashton Twp. History
City of Ashton History
Old Homes in Ashton
Old Hotels in Ashton

BRADFORD TWP

Bradford Twp.History

ALTO TOWNSHIP
STEWARD

History of Steward
Alto Twp. History

AMBOY TOWNSHIP

Amboy Twp. History
Business & Mfg. of Amboy
Community of Amboy

Amboy Library

Rocky Ford Community

ASHTON TOWNSHIP

Ashton Twp. History
City of Ashton History
Old Homes in Ashton
Old Hotels in Ashton

BRADFORD TWP

Bradford Twp.History

BROOKLYN TWP.

Brooklyn Twp. History
History of Compton
History of Melugins Grove

History of West Brooklyn
West Brooklyn Business'

Compton Evangelistic Band

CHINA TOWNSHIP
FRANKLIN GROVE

China Twp. History
History of Franklin Grove
Franklin Grove Business

Franklin Grove Library

Photos by Cindy Coyenga

DIXON

History of Dixon
History of Lee Co 1904
City of Dixon
Assembly Park
Dixon Business & Mfg.
Dixon Courthouse

Dixon Developmental Center
Dixon's Ferry
Dixon Fire Department
Dixon Library
Dixon Memories
Dixon Mental Hospital

Dixon National Bank
Dixon Post Office
Dixon Public Hospital (KSB)
Lee Co National Bank
Street Names in Dixon
Union Bank
Western Union in Dixon

EAST GROVE TWP.

East Grove Twp. History

HAMILTON TWP.

Hamilton Twp. History

HARMON TWP.

Harmon Twp. History

LEE CENTER TWP
INLET

History Lee Center Twp.
Lee Center Twp. 1904
History of Inlet

MARION TOWNSHIP
WALTON

History of Marion Twp.
Village of Walton

MAY TOWNSHIP

History of May Twp.

NACHUSA TWP.

History of Nachusa Twp. History of Nachusa Nachusa Orphanage

NELSON TWP.

Nelson Twp. History
Nelson A Railroad Town

PALMYRA TWP.

Palmyra Twp. History

REYNOLDS TWP.

History of Reynolds Twp.

SOUTH DIXON TWP
ELDENA

South Dixon Twp. History
History of Eldena

SUBLETTE TWP.

Sublette Twp. History
Sublette Business & Mfg.

VIOLA TOWNSHIP

Viola Twp. History

WILLOW CRK. TWP.
SCARBORO

History of Scarboro
History of Willow Creek Twp.
History Willow Creek 1904

WYOMING TWP.
PAW PAW

History of Wyoming Twp.
History of Paw Paw
Treaty of Prairie Du Chein

Paw Paw State Bank

Reminiscences of Paw Paw
New Years Day 1884

Valentines Day Long Ago

 

 


Our Neighboring Counties

Carroll

Whiteside

  Bureau

Dekalb

Ogle

LaSalle

NEIGHBORING STATES

WISCONSIN

IOWA

MISSOURI

INDIANA

KENTUCKY

MICHIGAN

 

Lee County Libraries and Societies

Lee County
Genealogical Society

Dixon Public Library

Franklin Grove Library

Illinois
Historical Society

Lee County
Historical Society

Franklin Grove
Historical Society

 

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