Dawson Real Estate Information

With just 466 residents in the small Sangamon County village of Dawson, it’s no wonder that it has been kept off the real estate radars for most people. However, Dawson lies on Springfield’s eastern fringe, just ten miles from the heart of the city. Easily reached by travel on the I-72 freeway, Dawson is just removed a few minutes north of the busy thoroughfare. Named after a man who immigrated to the area in 1881, Dawson was first created around a tavern and inn designed to serve as a resting place for weary travelers passing through the area. In 1883, Dawson became officially recognized as a town in Illinois. For most Dawson residents, their neighborhood is close enough to the city to be easy to get to for work and pleasure but far enough away to be quiet, relaxing, carefree.

The rural Tri-City School District serves Dawson’s children and is actually based in Buffalo, a few miles east of the main part of Dawson. Serving the Buffalo, Dawson, and Mechanicsburg communities, the district includes just one campus that serves youth of all age, ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade twelve. A student population of just seven hundred students ensures small classes, individual recognition, and attention for each pupil. It is this attention and gracious learning environment that has made the school as good as it is today. A recently introduced technology initiative has further improved the quality of education available to local students.

Clear Lake is the closest major recreational area for residents of Dawson and is located near the town of Riverton across the interstate and closer to the fringe of Springfield. The lake is fed by several rivers and creeks that converge from what seems like every direction into the massive body of water. In the winter, the lake is not a fun place to be due to the cold weather, unstable ice cover, and snow that makes reaching the area difficult. However, during the summer months, the scenario is quite different and many residents can be seen frolicking in the refreshing waters among other activities. Oaks Golf Course is nestled alongside the lake and is another popular attraction for residents of Dawson.