Interpretive signs throughout the site lead you among the crumbling remains of the former iron works buildings.
You won’t miss the nearby Illinois State Penitentiary, built with locally quarried limestone in 1858, and codesigned by the same architect who designed the famous Water Tower in Chicago.
Constructed in the 1870s, the Joliet Iron Works employed some 2,000 workers when production reached its peak at the turn of the century.
Just north of the Joliet Iron Works, the 11.4-mile Heritage Trail takes you to a lock in the historic I&M Canal.
The Joliet Iron Works is just one of the many unique hiking destinations featured in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago. The book is available on Amazon.com; you can also purchase this particular hike on Trails.com.
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