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Joliet, Illinois, USA - 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 is situated on several important railways, including the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, the Chicago and Alton, and the Michigan Central. It contains many handsome buildings, two Catholic academies (St. Francis and St. Mary), high schools, a convent, and a state prison. The last is a magnificent structure, built of fine gray limestone quarried in the vicinity. Joliet has extensive flour-mills, machine-shops, breweries, lime-kilns, brick-yards, manufactories of boots and shoes, cigar-factories, Bessemer steel-works and rolling-mills (employing several thousand men), horseshoe-works (employing 500 men), tin-plate mills, nail- and marble-works, carriage- shops, and manufactures of builders' hardware, engines, cooperage, farming-implements, stoves, sash, doors, and blinds, and cereal foods. The extensive barbed-wire plant, employing upward of 1600 hands, is probably the largest in the world. The river affords water-power at this place. Here are large quarries of excellent Silurian limestone, called Joliet limestone, which is extensively used in constructions. About 3000 men are employed in these quarries. Pop. in 1890, 23,264 ; in 1900, 29,353.

Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher

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