Reagan Birthplace Dedicates Statue Honoring Former President

Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico in 1911 and lived there for four years

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    A small northern Illinois community that was the birthplace of Ronald Reagan has dedicated a statue in the former president's honor.

    The piece in Tampico, unveiled Saturday, depicts Reagan as a boy, playing with a cannon that was once across the street from his home in the Whiteside County village.

    Organizers spent years trying to raise $50,000 to pay for the bronze piece sculpted by Iowa artist Ted McElhiney, the Moline Dispatch reported.

    Reagan was born in Tampico in 1911 and lived there for four years. He also lived in Chicago, Galesburg and Dixon.

    Tampico has about 800 residents and is about 40 miles northwest of Moline.