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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
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Preservation

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site was acquired between 1991 and 1997.

The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres of land.

Prior to the District's acquisition of the land, it was the site of an iron manufacturing facility from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Cultural resources protected at the preserve include foundations of the blast furnaces and other structures from the dismantled factory.

Amenities and Activities

Trails

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 10.81-mile, crushed limestone/paved Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail, ideal for the following activities:Download a map of the I&M Canal Trails.

Picnicking

The preserve offers one picnic shelter for rental, Joliet Iron Works Shelter, with a permit capacity of 100 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.

Download a map of the amenities at Joliet Iron Works Historic Site.

Programs and Events

A variety of fun and educational public programs are hosted at Joliet Iron Works Historic Site throughout the year, including bicycle tours and interpretive hikes. View upcoming programs.
Historic Features at Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Location
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is located on Columbia Street, east of Route 53/Scott Street in Joliet.

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