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Lockport in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Historic Lockport

 
 
The Norton & Company Warehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 9, 2019
1. The Norton & Company Warehouse Marker
Inscription.  
The Norton & Company Warehouse
This 100 foot square limestone building was constructed in 1848 by Hiram Norton to take advantage of the grain trade opened by the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The Norton Building was used as a warehouse, general store and living quarters. Canal boats pulled up along the west side the building where one can still see the iron ring used to tie off the boats as they were waiting to load grain.

The Scale House
The scale house part of the Norton Grain Warehouse operation was used by local farmers to weigh grain. Horses pulled a wagon loaded with grain onto the scale to be weighed. A weigh ticket was given to the farmer for the weight of his wagon load. He unloaded grain at the Norton Warehouse. The wagon was weighted empty and the weigh ticket showed how to credit the farmer for the amount he delivered.

Scale House Plaza
The City of Lockport donated the limestone for the benches that was saved when the historic Seven Arch Bridge over the Des Plains River collapsed in 2011. Julius Scheibe was the probable builder of the
The Scale House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 9, 2019
2. The Scale House and Marker
bridge that had been constructed from locally quarried limestone in 1869.
 
Erected 2015 by Main Street Lockport, Inc.
 
Location. 41° 35.301′ N, 88° 3.543′ W. Marker is in Lockport, Illinois, in Will County. Marker can be reached from West 10th Street near South State Steet. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West 10th Street, Lockport IL 60441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Norton Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hydraulic Basin (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Illinois & Michigan Canal Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Schuler (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Gaylord (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Whittling Their Time Away" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gaylord Donnelly Canal Trail Mile Marker 29.1 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lockport.
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Norton & Company Warehouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 9, 2019
3. The Norton & Company Warehouse
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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