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'Shipyard on the Prairie' Focus of Seneca Festival

Shipyard Festival To Feature Living Historians from WWII Era Boom Time June 15, 2012, Romeoville, IL — This year's Seneca Shipyard Days Festival is shaping … Read more ›

Minooka Widewater today.
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Minooka Widewater – Minooka

History:The Minooka Widewater was one of several slightly wider sections that were constructed along the I&M Canal to act as turning basins or places used … Read more ›

A view of the lake and dam at Dellwood Park.
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Dellwood Park – Lockport

History:Dellwood Park was built in 1905-06 by the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway Company to help promote ridership on the line. For over 30 years, … Read more ›

An old “motor court” building, circa 1920s, that is located along the east side of Route 53, near Laraway Road in Joliet.
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Old Motel Building – Joliet

History:In the early 20th century early roads like the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 helped for the first time to connect small-town America with larger … Read more ›

This photograph shows CCC workers employed in ambitious program of transforming the I&M Canal into a recreational parkway destination.
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I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor

History:On August 24, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill authorizing the creation of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. This new legislation established a … Read more ›

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Titanic Artifacts Visit Joliet

Titanic Artifacts Visit Joliet at “Remembering the Titanic” On April 14, 1912 passenger liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg which resulted in the death of … Read more ›

This 1880s era photograph shows the west side of the canal.
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Looking Across the I&M Canal – Joliet

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 … Read more ›

A view of Lock #7, looking east across the dam towards Lock #6.
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Locktender’s House – Channahon

History:A locktender’s house was built along the west side of Lock #6 in 1848. The Greek Revival-style structure was constructed in Lockport and floated down … Read more ›

Weapons used at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
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American Civil War & Indian Wars Exhibit at McCord

The American Civil War & Indian WarsHistory will come alive as the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center presents a rare opportunity to view a museum … Read more ›

View of the Steel Works complex.
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Joliet Iron and Steel Company – Joliet

History: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 … Read more ›