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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

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Address: 75 Columbia Street, Joliet, IL
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+1 815-727-8700
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The Forest Preserve District of Will County's Joliet Iron Works Historic...

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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Beautiful Historic Site & Park

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 June 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1869 to 1936, eventually became unprofitable and closed in the early 1980s. The works had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Bernardo F
Joliet
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 you got to the Will County Forest Preserve website, it will give you dates of... More 

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Circle Pines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

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

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 was located in the area. Employees life and working conditions are described and give a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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. It's free, but does use your data.

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Clifton, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

From the photos I saw online, it looked like an interesting place to photograph. I saw photos of people hanging around and playing in what looked to be a place like many of the old abandoned ghost towns in the west. It turned out to be just the remnants of the old factory with warning signs advising you to keep... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

The park has a trail that leads you through the remains of an old factory. You can read about its history on signs scattered throughout the area. There is a vault toilet and parking at the entrance to the park.

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Crest Hill
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

I really like the Iron works trail. It is a nice, short walk and the trail is pretty even without any steep upgrades. There are informational signs along the way that detail the buildings and what they were used for. They also have signs that talk about the people that worked there, the conditions they had to work under that... More 

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Moline, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

It's all a self-guided walking tour with signs explaining what used to be there. I thought it was really neat. Sad that it seems to have been vandalized. Given the town, I didn't feel too comfortable walking in a secluded area like that.

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