Joliet in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Corridor in Time: The Illinois and Michigan Canal
However, the canal's demise came rather quickly. By the mid-1850's, railroad developers had laid tracks along the canal route. The rail transport of freight had become increasingly competitive and the canal reduced its tolls. The opening of the Illinois Waterway adjacent to the I & M in 1933 ended the shipping industry of the canal. Following 70 years of disrepair and neglect, the I & M Canal
The canal ran through Joliet on the west side of the Des Plaines River. Meaning 'flat terrain' in French, the Des Plaines has played a vital role for centuries in the areas now known as Joliet and Will County. The Des Plaines, along with the canal, spurred Joliet's industrial growth, helping to launch its era of stone and its age of steel, creating thousands of new jobs for immigrants. (Marker Number CC,2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 31.51′ N, 88° 5.296′ W. Marker is in Joliet, Illinois, in Will County. Marker is at the intersection of North Bluff Street and West Jefferson Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling south on North Bluff Street. Marker is 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. Joliet's Business Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Prairie Band of Potawatomi (within shouting distance of this marker); Joliet BuildingsFrom Prisons to Libraries (within shouting distance of this marker); Quarry Workers / Joliet Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Lester Frank Ward / Fossils (within shouting distance of this marker); Quarries Are Us (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 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3. submitted on October 7, 2020.