Illinois Adventure #1305 “Joliet’s Old Factory Site Now a Historical Nature Walk”


OLD FACTORY SITE IN
JOLIET REBORN AS HISTORIC NATURE
WALK. JOLIET REBORN AS HISTORIC NATURE
WALK.
>>THE JOLIET IS KNOWN AS CITY WALK.
>>THE JOLIET IS KNOWN AS CITY
OF IRON, RICH DEPOSITS OF>>THE JOLIET IS KNOWN AS CITY
OF IRON, RICH DEPOSITS OF
LIMESTONE WAS FOUND. OF IRON, RICH DEPOSITS OF
LIMESTONE WAS FOUND.
IT WAS USED IN ARCHITECTURE LIMESTONE WAS FOUND.
IT WAS USED IN ARCHITECTURE
BUILDINGS INCLUDING THE JOLIET IT WAS USED IN ARCHITECTURE
BUILDINGS INCLUDING THE JOLIET
PRISON. BUILDINGS INCLUDING THE JOLIET
PRISON.
THE CITY OF STEEL REMITS PRISON.
THE CITY OF STEEL REMITS
DIRECTLY TO THIS SITE. THE CITY OF STEEL REMITS
DIRECTLY TO THIS SITE.
DURING THE 1870’S, FIRST BLAST DIRECTLY TO THIS SITE.
DURING THE 1870’S, FIRST BLAST
TURNANCES WENT IN AT THE SITE DURING THE 1870’S, FIRST BLAST
TURNANCES WENT IN AT THE SITE
AND OPERATIONS BEGAN HERE. TURNANCES WENT IN AT THE SITE
AND OPERATIONS BEGAN HERE.
I AM STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF AND OPERATIONS BEGAN HERE.
I AM STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF
WHAT 110 YEARS AGO WAS THE I AM STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF
WHAT 110 YEARS AGO WAS THE
MIDDLE OF BLAST FURNACE NUMBER WHAT 110 YEARS AGO WAS THE
MIDDLE OF BLAST FURNACE NUMBER
ONE, GOING BACK TO THE 19TH MIDDLE OF BLAST FURNACE NUMBER
ONE, GOING BACK TO THE 19TH
CENTURY, 3,500 DEGREES ONE, GOING BACK TO THE 19TH
CENTURY, 3,500 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE CENTURY, 3,500 DEGREES
FAHRENHEIT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE
TEMPERATURE. FAHRENHEIT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE
TEMPERATURE.
>>THOSE FURNACES ALSO PROVIDED TEMPERATURE.
>>THOSE FURNACES ALSO PROVIDED
JOBS WHICH ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF>>THOSE FURNACES ALSO PROVIDED
JOBS WHICH ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF
IMMIGRANTS TO THE GROWING CITY. JOBS WHICH ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF
IMMIGRANTS TO THE GROWING CITY.
IT WAS HOT, GRUELING AND EVEN IMMIGRANTS TO THE GROWING CITY.
IT WAS HOT, GRUELING AND EVEN
DANGEROUS WORK. IT WAS HOT, GRUELING AND EVEN
DANGEROUS WORK.
RAW MATERIALS WERE DUMPED INTO DANGEROUS WORK.
RAW MATERIALS WERE DUMPED INTO
AN OPENING AT THE TOP, WHILE RAW MATERIALS WERE DUMPED INTO
AN OPENING AT THE TOP, WHILE
BELOW SUPER HEATED AIR WAS AN OPENING AT THE TOP, WHILE
BELOW SUPER HEATED AIR WAS
BLASTED INTO THE CHAMBER COOKING BELOW SUPER HEATED AIR WAS
BLASTED INTO THE CHAMBER COOKING
THE MIXTURE INTO IRON ORE. BLASTED INTO THE CHAMBER COOKING
THE MIXTURE INTO IRON ORE.
>>ONE OF THE JOBS OF THE MEN WHO
WORKED HERE DURING THAT PERIOD
WAS TO WAIT UNTIL THE IRON ORE WORKED HERE DURING THAT PERIOD
WAS TO WAIT UNTIL THE IRON ORE
COLLECTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WAS TO WAIT UNTIL THE IRON ORE
COLLECTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE
BLAST FURNACE AND WITH HAMMERS, COLLECTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE
BLAST FURNACE AND WITH HAMMERS,
THEY WOULD KNOCK CLAY PLUGS OUT BLAST FURNACE AND WITH HAMMERS,
THEY WOULD KNOCK CLAY PLUGS OUT
OF THE BOTTOM OF THE BLAST THEY WOULD KNOCK CLAY PLUGS OUT
OF THE BOTTOM OF THE BLAST
FURNACE. OF THE BOTTOM OF THE BLAST
FURNACE.
THE MOLTEN MATERIAL WOULD RUN FURNACE.
THE MOLTEN MATERIAL WOULD RUN
DOWNHILL, FAR BETTER SLOPED BACK THE MOLTEN MATERIAL WOULD RUN
DOWNHILL, FAR BETTER SLOPED BACK
AT THAT TIME INTO WAITING DOWNHILL, FAR BETTER SLOPED BACK
AT THAT TIME INTO WAITING
RAILROAD CARS. AT THAT TIME INTO WAITING
RAILROAD CARS.
>>WE ARE STANDING AT THE SITE RAILROAD CARS.
>>WE ARE STANDING AT THE SITE
OF WHAT WERE ORIGINALLY FOUR>>WE ARE STANDING AT THE SITE
OF WHAT WERE ORIGINALLY FOUR
LARGE FURNACES. OF WHAT WERE ORIGINALLY FOUR
LARGE FURNACES.
THERE WAS ONE HERE, TWO, THREE, LARGE FURNACES.
THERE WAS ONE HERE, TWO, THREE,
AND FOUR. THERE WAS ONE HERE, TWO, THREE,
AND FOUR.
THE PURPOSE OF THE FURNACES WAS AND FOUR.
THE PURPOSE OF THE FURNACES WAS
TO HEAT AIR TO ITS SUPER HOT ONE THE PURPOSE OF THE FURNACES WAS
TO HEAT AIR TO ITS SUPER HOT ONE
THOUSAND DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. TO HEAT AIR TO ITS SUPER HOT ONE
THOUSAND DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.
THAT HOT AIR THEN THROUGH A THOUSAND DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.
THAT HOT AIR THEN THROUGH A
SYSTEM OF TUNNELS WOULD BE SENT THAT HOT AIR THEN THROUGH A
SYSTEM OF TUNNELS WOULD BE SENT
DOWN TO THE BLAST FURNACES WE SYSTEM OF TUNNELS WOULD BE SENT
DOWN TO THE BLAST FURNACES WE
JUST CAME FROM. TODAY THOSE BRICK LINED TUNNELS
ARE SLOWLY BEING EXPOSED AS
NATURE GRADUALLY RECLAIMS THE ARE SLOWLY BEING EXPOSED AS
NATURE GRADUALLY RECLAIMS THE
LAND THAT WAS ONCE HERS. NATURE GRADUALLY RECLAIMS THE
LAND THAT WAS ONCE HERS.
>>IN THE 1930’S IT WAS ALL BUT
FORGOTTEN.
THIS WAS HEAVILY DISTURBED AREA FORGOTTEN.
THIS WAS HEAVILY DISTURBED AREA
BACK IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY THIS WAS HEAVILY DISTURBED AREA
BACK IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY
AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY. BACK IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY
AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY.
BACK THEN BEING OBVIOUSLY NO AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY.
BACK THEN BEING OBVIOUSLY NO
ENVIRONMENTAL RULES VIRTUALLY AT BACK THEN BEING OBVIOUSLY NO
ENVIRONMENTAL RULES VIRTUALLY AT
ALL. ENVIRONMENTAL RULES VIRTUALLY AT
ALL.
THE FACT THAT TODAY NATURE HAS ALL.
THE FACT THAT TODAY NATURE HAS
RETURNED IN THE SENSE WE SEE IT, THE FACT THAT TODAY NATURE HAS
RETURNED IN THE SENSE WE SEE IT,
IT GIVES YOU SOME SENSE OF RETURNED IN THE SENSE WE SEE IT,
IT GIVES YOU SOME SENSE OF
TENACITY OF NATURE. WE DO TREAT IT GIVES YOU SOME SENSE OF
TENACITY OF NATURE. WE DO TREAT
IT AS A PRESERVE. TENACITY OF NATURE. WE DO TREAT
IT AS A PRESERVE.
WE LET NATURE RUN ITS COURSE. IT AS A PRESERVE.
WE LET NATURE RUN ITS COURSE.
IT IS OPEN ON A DAILY BASIS WE LET NATURE RUN ITS COURSE.
IT IS OPEN ON A DAILY BASIS
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR SELF IT IS OPEN ON A DAILY BASIS
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR SELF
GUIDE TOUR. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR SELF
GUIDE TOUR.
WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION CENTERS GUIDE TOUR.
WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION CENTERS
FOR PEOPLE WHO VISIT US. WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION CENTERS
FOR PEOPLE WHO VISIT US.
THE ENTIRE PATHWAY IS MILE IN FOR PEOPLE WHO VISIT US.
THE ENTIRE PATHWAY IS MILE IN
LENGTH GIVES YOU AN IDEA HOW THE ENTIRE PATHWAY IS MILE IN
LENGTH GIVES YOU AN IDEA HOW
BIRTH ACTUAL FACTORY WAS AT ONE LENGTH GIVES YOU AN IDEA HOW
BIRTH ACTUAL FACTORY WAS AT ONE
TIME. BIRTH ACTUAL FACTORY WAS AT ONE
TIME.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET TIME.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET
HERE, WE HAVE A TRAIL SYSTEM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET
HERE, WE HAVE A TRAIL SYSTEM
WHICH LEADS TO DOWNTOWN JOLIET, HERE, WE HAVE A TRAIL SYSTEM
WHICH LEADS TO DOWNTOWN JOLIET,
AND THEN LINKS UP WITH ANOTHER WHICH LEADS TO DOWNTOWN JOLIET,
AND THEN LINKS UP WITH ANOTHER
TRAIL THAT RUNS TO LOCKPORT. AND THEN LINKS UP WITH ANOTHER
TRAIL THAT RUNS TO LOCKPORT.
WE ARE STANDING AT BLAST FURNACE TRAIL THAT RUNS TO LOCKPORT.
WE ARE STANDING AT BLAST FURNACE
NUMBER THREE INSTALLED WE ARE STANDING AT BLAST FURNACE
NUMBER THREE INSTALLED
CONSIDERABLY LATER. NUMBER THREE INSTALLED
CONSIDERABLY LATER.
THIS ONE WENT IN, IN THE TERL CONSIDERABLY LATER.
THIS ONE WENT IN, IN THE TERL
EARL I 19 20’S. THIS ONE WENT IN, IN THE TERL
EARL I 19 20’S.
TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF EARL I 19 20’S.
TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF
DIMENSIONS, YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF
DIMENSIONS, YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE
THE BLAST FURNACE WOULD HAVE DIMENSIONS, YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE
THE BLAST FURNACE WOULD HAVE
BEEN IN THIS CASE BIGGER THAN THE BLAST FURNACE WOULD HAVE
BEEN IN THIS CASE BIGGER THAN
THE ORIGINALLY 90 FEET TALL, BEEN IN THIS CASE BIGGER THAN
THE ORIGINALLY 90 FEET TALL,
NINE STORIES UP. THE ORIGINALLY 90 FEET TALL,
NINE STORIES UP.
AT THE TIME, DURING THE NINE STORIES UP.
AT THE TIME, DURING THE
OPERATION OF THE BLAST FURNACES, AT THE TIME, DURING THE
OPERATION OF THE BLAST FURNACES,
IMPURITIES WOULD ACCUMULATE AT OPERATION OF THE BLAST FURNACES,
IMPURITIES WOULD ACCUMULATE AT
THE BOTTOM OF THE BLAST FURNACE IMPURITIES WOULD ACCUMULATE AT
THE BOTTOM OF THE BLAST FURNACE
CALLED SALIMANDERS, THEY HAD TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BLAST FURNACE
CALLED SALIMANDERS, THEY HAD TO
BE REMOVED, AND CHISELING THE CALLED SALIMANDERS, THEY HAD TO
BE REMOVED, AND CHISELING THE
ROCK HARD MATERIAL AWAY. BE REMOVED, AND CHISELING THE
ROCK HARD MATERIAL AWAY.
APPARENTLY IN THE CASE OF BLAST ROCK HARD MATERIAL AWAY.
APPARENTLY IN THE CASE OF BLAST
FURNACE NUMBER FOUR, THE OWNERS APPARENTLY IN THE CASE OF BLAST
FURNACE NUMBER FOUR, THE OWNERS
OF THE FACILITY REALIZED THEY FURNACE NUMBER FOUR, THE OWNERS
OF THE FACILITY REALIZED THEY
WOULD BE CLOSING THE FACILITY OF THE FACILITY REALIZED THEY
WOULD BE CLOSING THE FACILITY
DOWN AND RATHER THAN SHUT DOWN WOULD BE CLOSING THE FACILITY
DOWN AND RATHER THAN SHUT DOWN
BLAST FURNACE NUMBER FOUR AND DOWN AND RATHER THAN SHUT DOWN
BLAST FURNACE NUMBER FOUR AND
CLEAN THE SALAMANDERS AWAY, THEY BLAST FURNACE NUMBER FOUR AND
CLEAN THE SALAMANDERS AWAY, THEY
LET IT ACCUMULATE AT THE BOTTOM CLEAN THE SALAMANDERS AWAY, THEY
LET IT ACCUMULATE AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE FURNACE. LET IT ACCUMULATE AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE FURNACE.
WE ARE THE BENIFICIARIES RY OF THE FURNACE.
WE ARE THE BENIFICIARIES RY
BECAUSE WE CAN SEE THE WE ARE THE BENIFICIARIES RY
BECAUSE WE CAN SEE THE
IMPURITIES AS THEY ACTUALLY BECAUSE WE CAN SEE THE
IMPURITIES AS THEY ACTUALLY
EXISTED IN THE BLAST FURNACE. IMPURITIES AS THEY ACTUALLY
EXISTED IN THE BLAST FURNACE.
TODAY IN AN AREA ONCE FILLED EXISTED IN THE BLAST FURNACE.
TODAY IN AN AREA ONCE FILLED
WITH CHOKING HEAT AND NOISE, TODAY IN AN AREA ONCE FILLED
WITH CHOKING HEAT AND NOISE,
QUIET NES HAS RETURNED. WITH CHOKING HEAT AND NOISE,
QUIET NES HAS RETURNED.
IT IS A SITE THAT ONCE MEANT SO QUIET NES HAS RETURNED.
IT IS A SITE THAT ONCE MEANT SO
MUCH TO A GROWING CITY AND ONE IT IS A SITE THAT ONCE MEANT SO
MUCH TO A GROWING CITY AND ONE
THAT WAS ALMOST FORGOTTEN. MUCH TO A GROWING CITY AND ONE
THAT WAS ALMOST FORGOTTEN.
>>WE FEEL HONORED TO BE ABLE TO THAT WAS ALMOST FORGOTTEN.
>>WE FEEL HONORED TO BE ABLE TO
HAVE PRESERVED THIS SITE THAT>>WE FEEL HONORED TO BE ABLE TO
HAVE PRESERVED THIS SITE THAT
MEANT SO MANY TO JOLIET’S PAST. HAVE PRESERVED THIS SITE THAT
MEANT SO MANY TO JOLIET’S PAST.
FOR ME, THE FACT THAT WE COULD MEANT SO MANY TO JOLIET’S PAST.
FOR ME, THE FACT THAT WE COULD
DEVELOP THIS SITE, MAINTAIN IT FOR ME, THE FACT THAT WE COULD
DEVELOP THIS SITE, MAINTAIN IT
NOT ONLY FOR TODAY, BUT FOR DEVELOP THIS SITE, MAINTAIN IT
NOT ONLY FOR TODAY, BUT FOR
FUTURE GENERATIONS, THAT WILL NOT ONLY FOR TODAY, BUT FOR
FUTURE GENERATIONS, THAT WILL
BECOME MORE SEPARATED IN TIME FUTURE GENERATIONS, THAT WILL
BECOME MORE SEPARATED IN TIME
FROM JOLIET’S BEGINNING, THIS BECOME MORE SEPARATED IN TIME
FROM JOLIET’S BEGINNING, THIS
WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO HELP THEM FROM JOLIET’S BEGINNING, THIS
WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO HELP THEM
UNDERSTAND WHERE THE CITY WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO HELP THEM
UNDERSTAND WHERE THE CITY
ORIGINALLY CAME FROM. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE
JOLIET IRONWORKS HISTORIC SITE
CALL WILL COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE JOLIET IRONWORKS HISTORIC SITE
CALL WILL COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE
(815)727-8700.

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