Joliet in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Quarry Workers / Joliet Stone
Stories in Stone
I&M Canal Passage
(Marker consists of two 2-sided posts:)
(first post, left panel:)
This project was partially funded with a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Bureau of Tourism. Thanks also to the City of Joliet, Marsha Lega Studio, Joliet Area Historical Museum and Carol Naughton + Associates. For more information, www.canalcor.org.
Peter Baum & John Stender
Hundreds of immigrants toiled in Joliet's many quarries. The Irish were the first to come to Joliet, but by the 1860s many laborers were German, including many young men in their twenties. Among them were John Stender and Peter Baum, both in their 20s.
(second post, left panel:)
The work day lasted ten to twelve hours, six days a week, for $1.50 a day. Most work was done by hand. Wedges were forced into joints, and the stone was split away by repeated blows from hammers. Once the stone was cut from the quarry, it was broken into smaller blocks. Quarries were not open in the winter, so workers had to find other jobs.
blue lime stone
wood burned lime
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 41° 31.535′ N, 88° 5.285′ W. Marker is in Joliet, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is on North Bluff Street north of West Jefferson Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling south. Markers are located at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 N Bluff Street, 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. From Prisons to Libraries (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.
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 79 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.