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

Des Plaines River

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
1. Des Plaines River Marker
Inscription.  When Louis Jolliet and Father Marquette passed here in 1673, this was just a lazy little river. First known as the River Plain, the Des Plaines joined the I&M Canal (1848) 2 miles north of here. In 1900, because of the increased flowage from the Chicago Sanitary Canal, the river and I&M were divided at Jackson St. With the opening of the Illinois Deep Waterway in 1933, they were joined, widened, deepened, retaining walls built and lift bridges installed.
 
Erected by Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 41° 31.57′ N, 88° 5.228′ W. Marker is in Joliet, Illinois, in Will County. Marker can be reached from North Bluff Street north of West Jefferson Street (U.S. 30). 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. Demmond House (within shouting distance of this marker); German Loan & Savings Bank (within shouting
Des Plaines River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
2. Des Plaines River Marker
distance of this marker); James McKee's Mill and Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Joliet's First Sidewalks (within shouting distance of this marker); Oneida Street Steps (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Louis Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchant's Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Joliet's First Volunteer Fire Department (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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