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Minooka Widewater today.

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.

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 ›

This photograph shows Front Street looking northeast.

Front Street – Mokena

History:The arrival of the Rock Island Railroad in 1852 led to the plotting of the Village of Mokena in that year by Allen Denny. The … Read more ›

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

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.

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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