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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432-1712
+1 815-727-8700
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This was exactly what was described on the website. Nice walking path with a great self guided... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2018
ht2marvin
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minnesota
Nice history walk with wife and dog

Wife saw this on the list of things in Joliet. There is a nice half mile one way walking tour. We... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
lso275
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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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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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75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432-1712
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This was exactly what was described on the website. Nice walking path with a great self guided tour/info path. You can feel the history there. Well don

Thank ht2marvin
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Wife saw this on the list of things in Joliet. There is a nice half mile one way walking tour. We took our German Shepherd along. The signs are frequently posted and give history of the Iron Works and the people who worked there. Most...More

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

If you want to know a little more about the history in this area you should take the time to visit here. The information posted here is easy to read and informative. The ruins themselves are a look back at haw hard life was for...More

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Reviewed 6 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
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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
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Reviewed 4 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
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Reviewed 7 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.

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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
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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
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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
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