Birthplace of Ronald Reagan, Tampico

The Birthplace of Ronald Reagan, also known as the Graham Building, is located in an apartment on the second floor of a late 19th-century commercial building in Tampico, Illinois, United States. The building was built in 1896 and housed a tavern from that time until 1915. On February 6, 1911 the future 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was born in the apartment there, the family moving into a house in Tampico a few months later.
Architecturally, the two-story brick building is similar to its neighbors, all of which are part of a historic district added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The building was constructed in 1896 for G.W. Stauffer by Fred Harvey Seymour and later became known as the "Graham Building". From 1896–1915 the first floor of the building housed a tavern while the second floor contained an apartment. On October 1, 1906 Jack and Nelle Reagan moved into the apartment above the tavern. The Reagans had two sons while they lived in the apartment. In 1908, they had their first son, John Neil Reagan. Their second son, Ronald Wilson Reagan, was born on February 6, 1911 inside the second floor apartment. Family legend has it that when Jack first saw his ten-pound baby son, he said, “He looks like a fat little Dutchman. But who knows, he might grow up to be president some day.” In a small town like Tampico in 1911, a new baby was such big news that four days after the birth the Tampico Tornado newspaper printed the rather unusual birth announcement that read, “February 10, 1911 John REAGAN has been calling thirty-seven inches a yard and giving seventeen ounces for a pound this week at PITNEY’s store, he has been feeling so jubilant over the arrival of a ten pound boy Monday.”
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  • My 10 year old grandson and I were just going to drive by but I noticed it was open so we went in. We are so thankful we did. There is so much to see besides the apartment where President Reagan was b...  more »
  • Our tour guide, Sharon, provided a detailed tour of the property where President Reagan was born. While the furniture was not that owned by the Reagans, it was authentic to the period. The property wa...  more »
  • What a great tribute to one of our most beloved and honored presidents. I think he'd be proud of the presentation put on by his home town in honor of his memory. Really nice to see the midwestern American story that began the life of the greatest leader of the free world in our lifetime. The small town values of strength and freedom are something that the rest of the world is envious of and the country should notice and be proud. Great legacy of a great man.
  • Must-see for every Reagan fan. Informative tour. Very friendly and welcoming.

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