Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, Joliet

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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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  • 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 ba...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • I have been wanting to go explore this place for a few years now. It was not as exciting as I hoped. There are lots of signs telling you not to explore the ruins. You're supposed to only view them from the sidewalk but no one listens. The good thing about this place is that it's not covered in graffiti. There are well posted signs along the way to scribing what each section was. If you are in the area and have some time to waste or want to have a quick walk it is worth it. But otherwise, it's not worth the drive.
  • Good service. Not to much atmosphere. Pretty good food.
  • Excellent fun place. We had the entire park to ourselves, which made exploring the ruins of this piece of history even more fun. Really great educational plaques made it cool to have our own self-guided tour. Not a great place for little little kids, as there were temptations at each turn to wander off the path in to some fairly rough broken concrete areas. Based on the occasional profusion of empties and cigarette butts, I would not recommend going after dark.
  • I just stumbled across this taking a bike ride along the canal path with my family on our weekly exploratory bike ride. Last week we headed towards Lemont along the Canal path, this week we found this place! What a cool place to see. My wife and I absolutely love history and we are trying to get our 5 year old into it also. He dug it big time. He thought it was so cool to see all the old materials and where the big ovens used to be. I only regret not bringing my camera on the bike ride that day! I am a photographer so expect some good photos to be added to this review at some point!
  • Cool historical site for hicking and learning a little bit about Joliet Iron/Steel Mill
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