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The Leach Windmill Company located along the old I&M Canal in Joliet.
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Leach Windmill Company – Joliet

History:For hundreds of years, one of the most important roles of windmills has been for mechanical water pumping, especially for stock watering and farm home … Read more ›

Mahoney Grocery Store
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Mahoney Grocery Store

History:The intersection of Cass and Chicago Streets has always been a busy location for business and their customers. The Mahoney Grocery Store, located on the … Read more ›

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I&M Canal and Des Plaines River – Joliet

History:The Chicago Sanitary District separated the I&M Canal and Des Plaines River in Joliet during the 1890s. This photograph shows the I&M Canal in the … Read more ›

This photograph, circa 1965, is a view of the old mule barn looking north across the canal.
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Dresden Mule Barn

History:The structure at the old settlement of Dresden is thought to be the I&M Canal’s last surviving mule barn. Mule barns housed mules when they … Read more ›

Illinois Steel Company - Steel Works Club
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Illinois Steel Company – Steel Works Club

History:In 1889, the Illinois Steel Company built the Steel Works Club on the southeast corner of Collins and Irving Streets. The Steel Works Club was … Read more ›

This photograph, circa 1900, show a view of the Oliver Oat Mill, which was located along the I&M Canal in Joliet.
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Oliver Oat Mill Company – Joliet

History:In 1856, Ferdinard Schumacher organized his German Mills American Oatmeal Factory in Akron, Ohio. His plan was to introduce steel-cut oats to the American diet … Read more ›

Patrick Fitzpatrick Home looking east.
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Patrick Fitzpatrick Home – Lockport

History:Patrick Fitzpatrick was an Irish immigrant who arrived in Lockport in the early 1830s, before the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Fitzpatrick assembled … Read more › 1 comment

Elaine Swearingen sings the national anthem with the American Legion Band. (Mary Owen/Tribune)

Veterans honored at Will Co. event

The Joliet American Legion Band, local dignitaries and about 200 people gathered in front of the Will County Courthouse Friday in downtown Joliet for an … Read more › 1 comment

Trinity Christian School fourth grade students used handbells to perform “America the Beautiful” during a special chapel service Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Trinity Christian School)

9/11 events around Joliet

A variety of public events are scheduled in Joliet  Friday and Sunday to commemorate the 10t-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Friday Gompers … Read more ›

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In their own words: TribLocal contributors reflect on 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001, dawned bright and clear, but before the day was out indelible memories had been etched into our collective consciousness. For the 10-year … Read more ›