Tampico Dedicates Statue of Young Ronald Reagan
TAMPICO, Ill. (AP)--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 depicts Reagan as a boy, playing with a cannon that was once across the street from his home in the Whiteside County village.

The Moline Dispatch reports a dedication ceremony was held Sunday.

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

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.
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