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Joliet, Will, IL

Just before the economic depression of 1837, Juliet incorporated as a village, but to cut tax expenses, Juliet residents soon petitioned the state to rescind that incorporation. In 1845, local residents changed the community's name from "Juliet" to "Joliet". Joliet was reincorporated as a city in 1852.

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  • 1854 - Joliet
    Joliet, a thriving town, capital of Will county, Illinois, on both sides of the Des Plaines river, and on the Illinois and Michigan canal, 37 miles...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - He Died At His Post.
    A sad, but beautiful and touching, scene was witnessed at the accident at Du Page bridge. On the morning after the accident the slow tolling of a...Read MORE...


  • News 1886 - The Storm at Joliet
    JOLIET, Ill., May 13. - One of the most severe storms ever known here struck Joliet about 6:30 p. m. yesterday evening. A deluge of rain, thunder and ...Read MORE...


  • News 1890 - WORKMEN SLAIN. COLLAPSE OF A BIG BLAST FURNACE AT JOLIET, ILL. NINE MEN KILLED AND MANY HURT. THE VICTIMS CRUSHED TO DEATH BY PONDEROUS MASSES OR IRON.
    Joliet, Ill., Dec. 5. - One of the most distressing calamities that have ever befallen Joliet occurred at the works of the Joliet Steel Company in...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Joliet
    Joliet, jo'le-et, a city, the capital of Will co., Ill. in Joliet township, on Des Plaines River, and on the Illinois & Michigan Canal, 37 miles S.W. ...Read MORE...


  • Joliet, Illinois, USA
    Chicago Street, looking South
  • News 1905 - ROCK ISLAND TRAIN IS WRECKED AT JOLIET
    MORNING MAIL TRAIN STRIKES AN OPEN SWITCH JUST WEST OF COAL CHUTES AND CRASHES INTO GRAVEL TRAIN--SEVERAL PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED, ONE OR TWO,...Read MORE...


  • Joliet, Illinois, USA
    U.S. Post Office
  • News 1912 - Man Killed in Joliet.
    Joliet, Ill., May 10 - Frank F. Viers, a former Ottawa business man, was killed in Joliet yesterday when he was thrown from a horse he was riding....Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Joliet, jo'le-et, a city, the capital of Will co., Ill., on the Des Plaines River and on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, 37 miles SW. of Chicago. It ...Read MORE...


  • News 1920 - Tornado
    John Denver, of Joliet, Ill., was injured when his automobile was turned upside down by the wind. More than a score of barns in the neighborhood of...Read MORE...


  • Joliet, Illinois, USA
    Joliet High School
  • 1928 - Joliet Township
    The early history of the Des Plaines Valley has been given in chapters one, two, and three; the aborignes have been accounted for at some length; the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1942 - June 5 - Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54

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    June 5, 1942



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  • 1854 - Joliet
    Joliet, a thriving town, capital of Will county, Illinois, on both sides of the Des Plaines river, and on the Illinois and Michigan canal, 37 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - He Died At His Post.
    A sad, but beautiful and touching, scene was witnessed at the accident at Du Page bridge. On the morning after the accident the slow tolling of a... Read MORE...

  • News  1886 - The Storm at Joliet
    JOLIET, Ill., May 13. - One of the most severe storms ever known here struck Joliet about 6:30 p. m. yesterday evening. A deluge of rain, thunder and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1890 - WORKMEN SLAIN. COLLAPSE OF A BIG BLAST FURNACE AT JOLIET, ILL. NINE MEN KILLED AND MANY HURT. THE VICTIMS CRUSHED TO DEATH BY PONDEROUS MASSES OR IRON.
    Joliet, Ill., Dec. 5. - One of the most distressing calamities that have ever befallen Joliet occurred at the works of the Joliet Steel Company in... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Joliet
    Joliet, jo'le-et, a city, the capital of Will co., Ill. in Joliet township, on Des Plaines River, and on the Illinois & Michigan Canal, 37 miles S.W. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - ROCK ISLAND TRAIN IS WRECKED AT JOLIET
    MORNING MAIL TRAIN STRIKES AN OPEN SWITCH JUST WEST OF COAL CHUTES AND CRASHES INTO GRAVEL TRAIN--SEVERAL PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED, ONE OR TWO,... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - Man Killed in Joliet.
    Joliet, Ill., May 10 - Frank F. Viers, a former Ottawa business man, was killed in Joliet yesterday when he was thrown from a horse he was riding.... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Joliet, jo'le-et, a city, the capital of Will co., Ill., on the Des Plaines River and on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, 37 miles SW. of Chicago. It ... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - Tornado
    John Denver, of Joliet, Ill., was injured when his automobile was turned upside down by the wind. More than a score of barns in the neighborhood of... Read MORE...

  • 1928 - Joliet Township
    The early history of the Des Plaines Valley has been given in chapters one, two, and three; the aborignes have been accounted for at some length; the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1942 - June 5 - Elwood Ordnance Plant near Joliet Illinois kills 54

    historyorb.com
    June 5, 1942

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