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WASHINGTON--As the nation marks the birth of former President Ronald Reagan 100 years ago, it's worth noting all the places named after the Illinois born president. Annie Groer over at Politics Daily has a complete national list of Reagan namesakes from coast to coast.

Below, courtesy Groer, a string Illinois sites, roads and schools named after Reagan:

ILLINOIS

The Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Center
Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700
Chicago 60601-7633 [1995]

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
816 S. Hennepin Ave. (Reagan Way)
Dixon 61021
Ronald Reagan lived in this house from during part of his childhood (1920-1924). It was named a National Historic Site in 2002. [dedicated 1984]

Ronald Reagan Bridge
Dixon
Spans the Rock River.

Reagan Room
First Christian Church
123 S. Hennepin Ave. (Reagan Way)
Dixon
Room filled with Reagan memorabilia. Ronald Reagan and his mother attended this church during their years in Dixon.

Reagan Way (Hennepin Avenue)
Dixon
Street on which the Reagan Boyhood Home is located. Acquired the designation "Reagan Way" when the Reagan Boyhood Home was designated a National Historic Site. [2002]

Ronald W. Reagan Middle School
620 Division St.
Dixon 61021
Formerly named Madison School. [1996]

Reagan Drive
Eureka
Runs along the southern edge of Eureka College, Reagan's alma mater. [1979]

Reagan Physical Education Center
Eureka College
300 E. College Ave.
Eureka 61530
Originally dedicated as "The Reagan Center," in honor of both Ronald Reagan and his brother Neil (Moon). Constructed to house all of Eureka College's athletic facilities. Acquired its present name in 1970.

Ronald Reagan Peace Garden
Eureka College
Eureka 61530
Garden includes a piece of the former Berlin Wall. [2000]

The Ronald W. Reagan Museum at Eureka College
Eureka College
Eureka 61530
A museum covering Ronald Reagan's entire life. [1992]

Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program
Eureka College
Eureka 61530 [established 1982; began with students in fall 1983]

The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College
300 East College Ave.
Eureka 61530
Organization which runs the Reagan museum, garden, and Leadership Program at Eureka College

(Ronald Reagan Birthplace and Museum
111 S. Main St.
Tampico 61283
Museum and a gift shop are in the building next door to the one in which Reagan was born. Was named a National Historic Site in 2002. [dedicated c. 1980]

Reagan Park
Tampico
Formerly Railroad Park. [dedicated 1985]

Reagan Middle School
400 Galena Rd.
Tiskilwa

Ronald Reagan Highway
U.S. Highway 14; runs from Chicago north to the Wisconsin state line.

Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway
Portion of Interstate Highway 88. Runs just south of Dixon, where the Reagan Boyhood Home is located. [2004]

Ronald W. Reagan Trail
Runs from Dixon (location of the Reagan Boyhood Home), through Tampico (Reagan's birthplace), to Eureka (home of Eureka College, which Ronald Reagan attended). [2000]

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