Beautiful historical trail, I live by it and never knew it was there. Tip for women: don't go by yourself. it's by a not great area of Joliet and the state prison is right there too.

Quiet gem in Joliet. I enjoyed the interpretive signs exploring the Iron Works and the working life of the workers who built Joliet.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Interesting old iron works. Plus the old buildings you see on the other side of the railroad track

Cool history and different things to look at!

Great place to take kids for history lesson or Pokémon Go game. great photo ops as well

Not a nature trail but a great walk through the ruins of an old iron works. Seeing toehold prison through the trees and reading the informative plaques is a great way to spend some time learning the history of the area.

The cement paved "trail" was less nature oriented than a hiker would generally pursue, because it mostly featured industrial ruins and information about the materials' production process. Was educational about the wage workers' culture and lifestyle in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during Joliet's booming steal/iron/limestone industries after the Chicago fire increased production demands. Connects with the I & M Canal bike path, and has a view of the historical castle like state penitentiary.

A very informative trail with signs that explain how the iron worker lived and their working conditions.

Saturday, May 27, 2017