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Rubens Rialto Square Theatre image, Touch for more information
November 2, 2013
Rubens Rialto Square Theatre
Illinois (Will County), Joliet — Rialto Square Theatre
The Rubens Brothers created the Rialto Square Theatre as a magnificent vaudeville movie palace in 1926. One of the ten most beautiful theaters in the nation, the "Jewel of Joliet" was designed by prominent theatre architects C.W. and George Rapp and . . . — Map (db m69925) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — "Whittling Their Time Away"

While traveling along the I&M Canal, workers had some free time. Often, they used pocket knives to whittle items, like a switch, to make the time move faster. They were "whittling their time away."

Find the canal worker who might have . . . — Map (db m94006) HM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — 1 — Abraham Lincoln — Illinois Senate Legislator, 1834-1842

While serving in the State Legislature, Abraham Lincoln voted in support of the I&M Canal. Having traveled by several modes of transport, he understood the value of the proposed canal to Illinois and the entire nation. — Map (db m94009) HM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Gaylord Donnelly Canal Trail Mile Marker 29.1 — I&M Canal Passage

In 1836 the young state of Illinois staked its future on the construction of a water highway, the I&M Canal. In 1974 the state began establishing a system of recreational trails along the canal. — Map (db m94008) HM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — 12 — George Gaylord — Local Merchant

I ran a successful business in Lockport, but no one was more prosperous than Hiram Norton. Over several decades, he capitalized on the canal's potential, negotiated exclusive rights to the water power, and expanded his milling . . . — Map (db m94015) HM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Historic Lockport
The Norton & Company Warehouse This 100 foot square limestone building was constructed in 1848 by Hiram Norton to take advantage of the grain trade opened by the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The Norton Building was used as a warehouse, . . . — Map (db m136018) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Illinois & Michigan Canal Office
In 1837 the town of Lockport was laid out by the Illinois and Michigan Canal commissioners and a residence-office was built. The first floor of the permanent structure was completed in 1837, and became headquarters for construction and . . . — Map (db m94016) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Lock 1
One of the first locks built on the I & M Canal, Lock 1 was operating at the turn of the century when this photograph was taken. All the limestone for the lock was quarried locally, as well as the hydraulic cement used for mortar. Locks act as . . . — Map (db m136028) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Lockport City Hall — 1895
National Historic District Registered 1975 — Map (db m94030) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Lockport Works World War II Memorial — 1941 • 1945 — The Texas Company —
Erected in honor of all employes of Lockport Works who served in the Armed Forces in World War II and in memory of those listed below who lost their lives while in the service of our country

Harold A. Adamson • La Verne Bundy . . . — Map (db m94002) WM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Old Congregational Church — Erected 1840
Donated to the Lockport Township Park District by Lockport Youth Center, Inc. on February 21, 1955

Restored and Dedicated June 12, 1988 [Additional plaque:] National Historic District 1840 Registered 1975 Main . . . — Map (db m94003) HM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — The Hydraulic Basin
To take advantage of the natural slope of the valley towards the Des Plaines River, the Hydraulic Basin was constructed on the westside of the I & M Canal. The 260-foot by 370-foot basin, begun in 1848, gave Lockport the greatest water power . . . — Map (db m136025) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — The Lockport Station — 1860 - 2010
The Lockport Station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks 1860 - 2010 Today the structure is owned by Metra and has been refurbished, preserved and protected by the City of Lockport, Illinois. The . . . — Map (db m94004) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — The Norton Building
Built in the 1850s, shortly after the opening of the I & M Canal, the Norton Building contained a grain warehouse and a grocery for farmers and citizens of Lockport, and a canal supplies store for boat crews. It also served as a crew dormitory. . . . — Map (db m136016) HM
Illinois (Will County), Lockport — War Memorial — In Memoriam
Erected in honor of all citizens of Lockport community who served in the Armed Forces in World War II and in memory of those listed below who lost their lives while in the service of our country

Harold Adamson • Hugh Allison • Russell Ayers • . . . — Map (db m94032) WM

Illinois (Will County), Lockport — 11 — William Schuler — Mule Driver
To George Gaylord I started driving mules in 1885 when I was about fourteen years old. When traveling from Lockport to Chicago, you went against the current, and it would take five husky mules to pull the boat at around two miles an . . . — Map (db m94011) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Boxcars
As early as the 1830s the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad had invented the two-truck car. The design consisted of two sets of trucks or wheel housings, that held two axles each, for a total of eight wheels on each car. Springs were mounted in-between each . . . — Map (db m94153) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Caboose
The origin of the caboose is uncertain, but the generally accepted story of its creation is that Nat Williams, a freight conductor on the Auburn & Syracuse Railroad during the 1840s made it his custom to sit on a box or barrel in the last car of a . . . — Map (db m94156) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Civil War Memorial
[Honor Roll of Veterans by company and unit, largely illegible] —————————— This memorial had been dedicated to those of the Plainfield area who gave their all for their country in . . . — Map (db m94077) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Downtown Historic District — National Register of Historic Places - 2013 — Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission —
Plainfield has maintained a link to its heritage by preserving its historic architecture. The Downtown Historic District encompasses 50 properties along both sides of Lockport Street between Division Street on the east and James and Main Streets on . . . — Map (db m94115) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — E J & E Depot No. 4 — [Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway]
Built by 1887, this wood-framed depot was located originally on the south side of the railroad tracks at Center Street, approximately 1.25 miles east of the present site. Now sited along a later spur line, the depot originally served the main line . . . — Map (db m94144) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Erwin E. Wood — Born on farm in Plainfield, Feb. 6, 1848
1860-63 Student Northwestern College 1864 — Private Company C, 132d Illinois Volunteers, Civil War 1865-70 Student Northwestern University 1870-73 Editor & Publisher News, Covington, Neb. 1872 — Married Miss Theresa A. . . . — Map (db m94079) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Great American Crossroads in Illinois — Illinois Lincoln Highway
The two longest highways in America, the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 intersect in Plainfield and Joliet Illinois. This famous historic crossroads intersects for three blocks [in] the heart of downtown Plainfield with road signs to mark where both . . . — Map (db m119937) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Interurban Transportation — Illinois Lincoln Highway
Prior to the onset of paved roads like the Lincoln Highway public transportation in the form of an electric passenger railroad known as interurban enjoyed widespread popularity. These light rail lines were mainly electrified operating with . . . — Map (db m94170) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Jesse Walker — 1766 - 1835
This monument was erected by Methodists North and South, and was dedicated by the Rock River Conference assembled in Joliet September Twenty-Seventh, Nineteen Hundred Eleven, in memory of— Jesse Walker 1766 - 1835 Susannah, his . . . — Map (db m94041) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Masonic Block Building Landmark — Built 1892 — Queen Anne —
Designed by - John Edward Minott Built by - Plainfield Lodge No. 536 - A. F. & A. M. — Map (db m94111) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Opera House Block Building Landmark — Built 1899 — Queen Anne —
Built by - C.W. Marks Restored by - C. W. Habiger — Map (db m94095) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Plainfield House — c.1838
. . . — Map (db m132022) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Plainfield House
This was the site of the Arnold Tavern, first government franchised Post Office in present day Will County (1834-1845). The present building was the home of Dr. E.C. Wight, one of the first physicians in northern Illinois (1836), and a post-house . . . — Map (db m132023) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Plymouth Congregational Church
This Greek Revival frame building, now known as Plymouth Congregational Church, was built in 1850 and dedicated 14 January 1851 by the members of the Plainfield Congregational Church who organized their congregation in the mid 1830s.

The . . . — Map (db m94082) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Reuben and Betsey K. Flagg

Reuben Flagg Died Nov. 9. 1869 in his 71.st. year of his age Was one among the four first families that settled in Will Co. A pioneer in the advance guard of the western emigration 1830 Hauled the lumber to build the first . . . — Map (db m94078) HM

Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — The Development of Downtown Plainfield — Downtown Plainfield Historic District
First Plat of "Planefield" Chester Ingersoll platted the "Town of Planefield" in August 1834 north of the settlement at Walker's Grove. It was a modified grid plan of thirteen nearly square blocks with a formal Public Square at the . . . — Map (db m94140) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — The Lincoln Highway - The nation's first coast-to-coast highway! — Rich in History and Culture
In 1913, Carl Fisher proposed the "Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway". Eager to put America on wheels, executives from automobile and tire manufacturers quickly joined in the effort. At the inaugural meeting on July 1, 1913, the newly elected President, . . . — Map (db m94168) HM
Illinois (Will County), Plainfield — Village of Plainfield — A Suburban Showcase — Lincoln Highway —
Plainfield is reported to be the oldest community in Will County, situated along the DuPage River it quickly became a summer suburban vacation spot for much of northern Illinois. Before automobile travel on the Lincoln Highway became the preferred . . . — Map (db m94175) HM

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