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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lockport, Illinois

 
Clickable Map of Will County, Illinois and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Will County, IL (112) Cook County, IL (223) DuPage County, IL (23) Grundy County, IL (3) Kankakee County, IL (10) Kendall County, IL (2) Lake County, IN (12)  WillCounty(112) Will County (112)  CookCounty(223) Cook County (223)  DuPageCounty(23) DuPage County (23)  GrundyCounty(3) Grundy County (3)  KankakeeCounty(10) Kankakee County (10)  KendallCounty(2) Kendall County (2)  LakeCountyIndiana(12) Lake County (12)
Location of Lockport, Illinois
    Will County (112)
    Cook County (223)
    DuPage County (23)
    Grundy County (3)
    Kankakee County (10)
    Kendall County (2)
    Lake County, Indiana (12)
 
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1Illinois (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 enough . . . Map (db m94006) HM
2Illinois (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
3Illinois (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
4Illinois (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 operations. To . . . Map (db m94015) HM
5Illinois (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
6Illinois (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
7Illinois (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 . . . Map (db m136028) HM
8Illinois (Will County), Lockport — Lockport City Hall — 1895
National Historic District Registered 1975Map (db m94030) HM
9Illinois (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 Donald . . . Map (db m94002) WM
10Illinois (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 Street . . . Map (db m94003) HM
11Illinois (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
12Illinois (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
13Illinois (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
14Illinois (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
15Illinois (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
 
Jun. 15, 2021