Joliet in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Men of Steel
Jobs Drew Workers from Afar
The 1880s was a time of plenty. Jobs opened up for local residents as the economy recovered from the Chicago fire and a national depression.
Creating iron and steel takes skilled machinists, laborers and risk takers. Experienced industrial workers from Western Europe (Ireland, Germany, and Scandinavia) joined U.S. born hires. Soon the face of immigration changed. New recruits left farms in Eastern Europe (Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Russia) seeking promising jobs as laborers. These workers had the least amount of job security and the most dangerous jobs.
The Joliet Works site is often considered the birthplace of the industrial safety movement. The photograph of this group of Safety Boosters was published in the plant periodical, The Mixer, in the 1920s.
Erected by Forest Preserve District of Will County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 41° 32.392′ N, 88° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 Columbia St, Joliet IL 60432, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What's Cooking? (within shouting distance of this marker); High Risks & Hard Work (within shouting distance of this marker); Language Barriers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forging a City of Steel (approx. 0.2 miles away); After the Whistle Blows (approx. ¼ mile away); George Kiser, Iron Works laborer (approx. ¼ mile away); Ruby Street Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Route 66 Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joliet.
Also see . . . Forest Preserve District of Will County. Website address for the Forest Preserve District, which is at the bottom of this marker, among several on this trail. (Submitted on October 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.