Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Access E. Route 53 & Scott Street Joliet, IL 60432
815-727-8700
http://www.reconnectwithnature.org

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres. Joliet Iron Works Historic Site features 0.59 mile of paved trail that provides a self-guided interpretive tour of the site's historical significance. The preserve also provides access to the 7.55-mile, crushed limestone/paved I&M Canal ideal for biking, hiking, running, and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter. Joliet Iron Works was once the biggest business in Joliet. Today, the historic site tells the story of the early process of purifying iron and of the people that worked there.

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