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Looking Across the I&M Canal – Joliet

This 1880s era photograph shows the west side of the canal.

This 1880s era photograph shows the west side of the canal.

History:
Looking across the I&M Canal, this 1880s era photograph shows the west side of the canal and several businesses located along Bluff Street, including the Granite & Marble Works owned by Henry A. Smith and George P. Nape. Rising above all the structures is the three-story, red brick, Second Empire/Italianate style home of Hiram B. Scutt, which was constructed in 1882 on Broadway Street. Scutt was a prominent Joliet businessman who began manufacturing bared wire in Joliet in 1874.

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

We Need Your Help:
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, Princeton and I&M Canal. He and his students are currently looking for I&M photos and postcards and Joliet photographs. If you are interested in contributing a postcard image, please email him at: dbelden@mchs.net or localhistory@mchs.net call 815-467-2140 x260. To view more postcards and images, visit www.localhistoryproject.org or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/localhistory

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