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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432-1712
+1 815-727-8700
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Nice relaxing park and grounds

It's a nice area to walk around and explore and read up on some of the history of the area. They... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Bernardo F
New York City, New York
Nice large grounds and park

Nice large grounds and park, It's well kept and there's plenty of history too to read about and... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Bernardo F
New York City, New York
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The Forest Preserve District of Will County's Joliet Iron Works Historic Site provides a parking area, shelter, latrine, water fountain, and access to the 10.81-mile, paved/limestone I&M Canal Trail/Centennial Trail. The site protects foundations of blast furnaces and other structures from a dismantled iron manufacturing facility that operated from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. A 0.59-mile trail offers self-guided interpretive tours of the site's historical significance. Open 8 a.m.-sunset.
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“steel mills” (2 reviews)
“self guided” (2 reviews)
“canal trail” (2 reviews)
75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432-1712
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

It's a nice area to walk around and explore and read up on some of the history of the area. They could even have more info stops. The park is decently maintained and the parking area is decent.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Nice large grounds and park, It's well kept and there's plenty of history too to read about and stroll the grounds and park.

Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Perfect place to take a walk with some friends on a nice day. With parking and entrance free, you can't go wrong. The hike isn't very long, so take your time looking. Make sure it wear good walking shoes, if its sunny differently bring sunscreen...More

1  Thank kaitlin8899
Reviewed 6 May 2017

It was a very interesting walk . It was very informative about past history. More signs are needed to explain about some of the remaining buildings. More warning signs might be needed.

Thank hanlons2017
Reviewed 15 February 2017

When you see the decline of the steel industry in South Chicago and the Gary, Indiana, area, it is easy to overlook the fact that the second largest steel mill in the United States once thrived in Joliet, Illinois. The Joliet Iron Works operated from...More

2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

A beautiful historic site and park. Right by the river. It's a well-kept park with lots of information about the historic Iron Works that was here.

2  Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

This is a great park for a walk, run or bike ride, but it is also great to learn about the history of the iron processing and steel mills that once stood here. There are several plaques explaining the site as you walk through. If...More

Thank Ginger S
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Nice walk in the day! Area maybe dicey in the evening. Interesting. Could be maintain better. Easy walk.

Thank Denise B
Reviewed 9 September 2015

A unique historic site depicting jobs and life in a iron works. The remains consist mostly of foundations and remaining walls of the concrete underpinnings built to support the iron works equipment. Signs identify what remains and clearly defines the functionality of the equipment that...More

1  Thank sbellin3
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Wasn't what I was expecting. When the website says "interpretive" tour, they mean it. I would still recommend going. It was interesting nonetheless. Saw a sign towards the end about a cell phone tour, wish there had been a sign about it at the beginning....More

1  Thank Melissa S
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