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Joliet Iron and Steel Company – Joliet

View of the Steel Works complex.

View of the Steel Works complex.

Joliet is known as the “City of Steel” because the town was a major steel-producing center for many years. In the early 1870s, the Joliet Iron and Steel Company was producing iron and steel products. Located on the city’s north side stood one of the largest iron and steel manufacturing facilities in the nation. Between 1870 and 1930, the Joliet Iron and Steel Works employed thousands of Joliet-area residents, most of them immigrants, who worked and produced iron and steel products, including rails for the nation’s growing railroad system. The plant assumed new ownership numerous times and eventually became part of the Illinois Steel Company. The top image shows a view of the complex, including the Engine House, the hot blast stoves, and furnaces Number Three and Four.

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This photograph is part of the Lewis University Canal and Regional History Special Collection.

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David Belden is a history teacher at Minooka Community High School and is currently publishing local postcard books with Arcadia Publishing in his Local History classes, including Grundy County, Joliet, Will County and Princeton. He and his students are currently looking for I&M photos and postcards for a new publication. If you are interested in contributing a postcard image, please email him at: or call 815-467-2140 x260. To view more postcards and images, visit or on Facebook:

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