Springfield Journal Register

February 7, 2002

Reagan's boyhood home designated national historic site 


WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a measure designating Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in
Dixon as a national historic site.

In a White House ceremony marking the former president's 91st birthday, Bush signed the legislation as its author, House
Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, looked on.

"I couldn't be more proud," said Hastert, whose congressional district includes Dixon and Reagan's home, which are about 160
miles north of Springfield. "This will be a lasting living legacy to our 40th president who won the Cold War and returned
America to greatness in the late 20th century."

The Dixon home will be only the second such national historic site in the state. The Lincoln Home in Springfield is the only
existing national historic site.

About 20,000 people a year tour the Reagan home, which is currently owned and operated by a private foundation.

Reagan was born in Tampico, and his family moved often before settling in 1920 in Dixon, which Reagan considers his

The legislation directs the National Park Service to acquire and preserve the property.

It will cost the federal government about $400,000 to buy the property and $300,000 to develop a management plan and
interpretative materials, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. In addition, the site will cost between $250,000 to
$500,000 a year to maintain.

The purchase was approved by the House last November and by the Senate last week. Congress must approve the funding in
separate legislation.