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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • 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!
  • Awesome place to come for a quick walk around. There are a few bike paths so look out, but otherwise it is a super cool place to take photos and think about history!
  • Beautiful shrine that offers to show history of our heritage (blue collar). Truely feels like home.
  • 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.

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