The Forest Preserve District of Will County provided this article:
Find out why Joliet is called the “City of Steel and Stone” at a free, all-age family hike through the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site. The tour, sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, will be Sunday, May 26, at 9:00 a.m. Registration is required.
A Forest Preserve interpreter will guide you through the foundations and remaining features of this once thriving industrial plant. Learn about iron and steel production and the stories of the men who worked at the site. Anyone interested in local history will enjoy this insightful tour of the industrial side of Joliet.
Visitors park in the site’s parking lot. A 0.25-mile walk to the trail head and a 0.75-mile hike through the site are along an accessible paved trail.
Once the tour is completed, the group will be led back to the parking lot. In all, the hike is about
1.5 miles in length.
The Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is located on Columbia Street, off of Scott Street and just east of the Ruby Street bridge, in downtown Joliet.
For information and registration, call 815/886-1467 or visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
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