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Legislators recognize arch’s 100th anniversary

The original arch, made of wood and beaverboard in 1919 to celebrate local veterans returning from World War I, read “Dixon honors and welcomes all who have served.” It was replaced in 1949 and 1965, and the existing lighted, fiberglass arch was rededicated in 1985.
The original arch, made of wood and beaverboard in 1919 to celebrate local veterans returning from World War I, read “Dixon honors and welcomes all who have served.” It was replaced in 1949 and 1965, and the existing lighted, fiberglass arch was rededicated in 1985.

DIXON – State legislators recognized the Dixon Memorial Arch's 100th anniversary Wednesday.

The Illinois House passed a resolution commemorating the arch, which was built in May 1919 to honor veterans returning from World War I.

The wooden arch over Galena Avenue was made a permanent structure in 1924 and was rebuilt several times. It ultimately was torn down, reconstructed in fiberglass and dedicated in 1985.

“This arch greets all visitors to Dixon and welcomes travelers to the downtown area,” said state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, who introduced the resolution. “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.”

The arch also will be the focus of this year's Founders Day program, which will be presented by local historian Duane Paulsen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Northwest Territory Historic Center, 205 W. Fifth St. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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