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

From Prisons to Libraries

I&M Canal Passage

 
 
From Prisons to Libraries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
1. From Prisons to Libraries Marker
Inscription.  The peak years for limestone quarrying in Joliet were from 1850-1900. By 1900 quarries shifted production to crushed stone, and in 1917 Illinois produced more of this product than any other state. The last building constructed of Joliet stone was All Saint's Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet, completed during World War II.

There were many reasons for the decline of the Joliet limestone industry. By the 1890s different types of stone were available, and durable Indiana limestone proved to be superior to that from Illinois. Also, new types of less expensive building materials came into use, such as Portland cement, terra cotta, and artificial stone. In addition, architectural styles changed and called for new materials and colors.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 41° 31.534′ N, 88° 5.286′ W. Marker is in Joliet, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is on North Bluff Road north of West Jefferson Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park. Touch for map
From Prisons to Libraries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
2. From Prisons to Libraries Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 N Bluff Road, Joliet IL 60435, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quarry Workers / Joliet Stone (here, next to this marker); Joliet Buildings (here, next to this marker); Quarries Are Us (here, next to this marker); Lester Frank Ward / Fossils (here, next to this marker); Prairie Band of Potawatomi (a few steps from this marker); Joliet's Business Center (a few steps from this marker); Market in Joliet (within shouting distance of this marker); Oneida Street Steps (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joliet.
 
From Prisons to Libraries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
3. From Prisons to Libraries Marker
Marker is next to several other markers (it is hidden behind the lady w/ umbrella silhouette statue)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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