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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • 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 Jol...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Beautiful grounds but in the middle of nowhere. If I were a woman I wouldn't go alone. No one will here you scream.
  • Very Interesting. Great historical site. Well explained sites.
  • 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.
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