Members of the Illinois House of Representatives recognized the 100th Anniversary of the Dixon Memorial Arch this week through an honorary resolution brought forward by State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).
The arch, also known as the “Victory Arch,” was built in May of 1919 to honor returning Lee County servicemen, and while it was originally constructed as a temporary structure made of wood, the arch was reinforced and made a permanent structure in 1924. It was rebuilt several times throughout the years, and was ultimately torn down and reconstructed as a fiberglass arch. The current structure, which accommodates the four-lane road that runs underneath it, was dedicated during Dixon’s Veterans Day celebration in 1985.
“This arch greets all visitors to Dixon and welcomes travelers to the downtown area,” said Demmer. “It is a mainstay of the city, and I was proud to sponsor a resolution that pays tribute to such an important part of Dixon’s history.”
Those interested in learning more about the history of the arch are invited to attend a Founders Day Program on Thursday, April 11 at the Northwest Territory Historic Center, 205 W. 5th Street in Dixon. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the program, given by local historian Duane Paulsen, begins at 6:30 PM.
- The photo was taken by 90th District resident Steve Pritchard, who was one of the winners of Rep. Demmer’s 2019 “Rich History of the 90th District” photo contest.