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Begins the Trail

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 August 2019 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Ronald Reagan lived in Dixon, Illinois from 1920 to 1933, and he always, and fondly, called Dixon his "hometown". Over the years, even while serving as our 40th President, he made several visits back to Dixon to catch up and reminisce with family, friends, and old acquaintances. It was one of those return visits that ultimately inspired artist sculptor Donald L. Reed to conceive the initial "Begins the Trail" statue.

In the summer of 1950, Reagan "came home" to Dixon to participate in a community festival that was known as "Injun Summer Days". During the festival parade, Reagan rode through the streets of Dixon on a palomino horse. A photograph of that ride provided Reed, some 35 years later, with his inspiration for a nine-foot high bronze sculpture tribute to Reagan.

After the death of Reagan in 2004, local donors commissioned and fully supported the life-size statue of "Dutch" on horseback as a gift to the City of Dixon. Dedicated to the eradication of Alzheimer's, the one foe our beloved President was unable to overcome.

The statue, completed by Reed in 2006, is proudly the centerpiece of Dixon's Heritage Crossing Riverfront Plaza, along the shore of the Rock River from which Reagan saved 77 lives while serving as a lifeguard in the 1920's.

Photo captured July 14, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/8.0 ISO 100 45 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

I've seen a wild-west movie of him....40 years ago.

29 Aug 2019 5:23am

yoshimiparis from France

this statue is indeed a very nice tribute to Reagan
Thank you for the explanation (which I understood thanks to the translator)

29 Aug 2019 5:23am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Magnificent statue of Ronald Reagan. Nice framing too.

29 Aug 2019 5:29am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Cette statue est vraiment superbe, bel hommage au Président.
Bonne journée Steven

29 Aug 2019 5:35am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Un bel hommage

29 Aug 2019 5:40am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Handsome Moon. Thank you for sharing its history.

29 Aug 2019 5:40am

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

Magnificent statue, best colors photo!

29 Aug 2019 6:29am

Martine Girard from France

Superbe statue, le cheval a fière allure.

29 Aug 2019 7:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

well captured and documented. lovely clouds too

29 Aug 2019 9:30am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A great tribute to Reagan.

29 Aug 2019 11:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, very nice statue !

29 Aug 2019 12:01pm

Rose from Clinton, United States

Oh, I love the info provided...nice statue and nice capture of it with that flag in the background. Love that he liked to return home...

29 Aug 2019 12:11pm

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

I like the crisp focus and brightness of the image, Steven. Also I enjoyed your write-up.

29 Aug 2019 1:05pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I find picture of the statue. I think I found the History very interesting. His saving so many was urprising to me.

29 Aug 2019 1:06pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Congrats, great shot!

29 Aug 2019 2:05pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A fine tribute to President Raegan

29 Aug 2019 2:12pm

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful image..a great realistic sculpture here !! Just too good. And thank you for the note:)

29 Aug 2019 2:53pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle statue et vue quelle image sur on socle et le drapeau colorés superbe
Belle soirée

29 Aug 2019 3:52pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful sculpture and wonderful tribute to President Raegan. Excellent POV for your photo.

29 Aug 2019 4:44pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

beau avec ce ciel

29 Aug 2019 4:45pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

The Jodhpur boots are so shiny.
Like spanking new.

29 Aug 2019 9:07pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

well, I'm glad the statue is based on an event that happened in Dixon. It is a good looking statue, though not a posture we associate with Reagan.

29 Aug 2019 11:29pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent image of the sculpture. I love that sky.

30 Aug 2019 12:30am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a beautiful sculpture and a great tribute to Ronald Reagan. I love the history behind it.

30 Aug 2019 1:48am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Well I had no idea! Great shot with the Stars & Stripes flapping in the background!

30 Aug 2019 2:24am

Ginnie from Netherlands

What a proud tribute to Ronald Reagan for this city, Steven. Lots of good information here.

30 Aug 2019 4:47am

Anne from France

Magnifique statue!

30 Aug 2019 5:55am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Your photo is beautiful and excellent.
A great tribute to Ronald Reagan.
Thanks for the explanation.

30 Aug 2019 7:35am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A beautiful tribute.

30 Aug 2019 8:49am

willy from Belgium

une superbe sculpture comme un hommage à Ronald Reagan Steven


30 Aug 2019 9:31am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Superbe , bel hommage !
Bonne journée

30 Aug 2019 12:06pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very good portrait

30 Aug 2019 1:00pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a fine tribute

30 Aug 2019 2:01pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique statue et attrayante explication.

30 Aug 2019 3:01pm

Remus from Portugal

Beautiful sculptural piece.
The sky was perfect. The clouds gave a beautiful ambience to the composition.

30 Aug 2019 3:23pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thanks for the little catch-up on history. :-)

4 Sep 2019 9:57am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a nice tribute

5 Sep 2019 2:05am