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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432-1712
+1 815-727-8700
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Nice large grounds and park

Nice large grounds and park, It's well kept and there's plenty of history too to read about and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bernardo F
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New York City, New York
Rad modern ruins

Perfect place to take a walk with some friends on a nice day. With parking and entrance free, you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kaitlin8899
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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“steel mills” (2 reviews)
“self guided” (2 reviews)
“nice walk” (2 reviews)
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75 Columbia St, Joliet, IL 60432-1712
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank kaitlin8899
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.

Thank hanlons2017
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

1  Thank Taylor B
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
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
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Nice walk in the day! Area maybe dicey in the evening. Interesting. Could be maintain better. Easy walk.

Thank Denise B
Reviewed 10 September 2015

A unique historic site depicting jobs and life in a iron works. The remains consist mostly of foundations and remaining walls of the concrete underpinnings built to support the iron works equipment. Signs identify what remains and clearly defines the functionality of the equipment that...More

1  Thank sbellin3
Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

Wasn't what I was expecting. When the website says "interpretive" tour, they mean it. I would still recommend going. It was interesting nonetheless. Saw a sign towards the end about a cell phone tour, wish there had been a sign about it at the beginning....More

1  Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 30 July 2015

From the photos I saw online, it looked like an interesting place to photograph. I saw photos of people hanging around and playing in what looked to be a place like many of the old abandoned ghost towns in the west. It turned out to...More

Thank Bruce M
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