Photograph of Reagan in full color over orange illustration of Illinois state in center surrounded by white text on blue background.
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The state slogan of Illinois became "Land of Lincoln" in 1955. Ronald Reagan was born and raised in Illinois and, like Lincoln, eventually ascended to the Presidency. The state slogan was also applied to the native-born son of Illinois and "Illinois, Land of Reagan," came to be.
The iconic image of Reagan wearing a cowboy hat was taken in 1976 at Rancho Del Cielo. Rancho Del Cielo translates to ranch of the heavens. This ranch became a popular second home for Regan after he purchased it in 1973. He even made use of the ranch during his presidency, with many drawing comparisons to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.
National Archives. (1981). Photograph of Ronald Reagan in a cowboy hat at Rancho Del Cielo. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/198600
State Symbols USA. (n.d.). Land of Lincoln. https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/illinois/state-cultural...
Young America's Foundation. (2015, July 15). History. Reagan Ranch. https://reaganranch.yaf.org/rancho-del-cielo/history/