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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, Joliet

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
The Forest Preserve District of Will County's Joliet Iron Works Historic Site provides a parking area, shelter (with electricity), 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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  • 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.  more »
  • 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 sh...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Beautiful grounds but in the middle of nowhere. If I were a woman I wouldn't go alone. No one will here you scream.
  • Really neat place to explore some local history. The remnants of all the old buildings are still there and there's a bunch of placards with some cool facts. Also is a great place to take photographs, especially if you're looking for an abandoned/desolate feel. It is almost in the middle of downtown Joliet so there's plenty of places to stop and eat or get a drink nearby.
  • Fun place to visit and photograph. Plenty of free parking, restrooms in the summer months. See it all in a couple of hours, or spend time to explore and spend the day. Caverns, tunnels, ruins, ramps, arches and more.
  • Very Interesting. Great historical site. Well explained sites.
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