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Joliet once was a lush prairie bordered with scenic bluffs along the Des Plaines River. In the late 19th century, settlers and a large influx of Eastern European immigrants arrived, transforming the area into a bustling industrial community of steel, limestone, manufacturing, and transportation. In the 20th century, Joliet transformed itself from an industrial hub to a destination of entertainment and tourism. Tourism thrives as people visit the National Hot Rod Association drag strip, NASCAR track, two casinos, the JackHammers minor-league baseball team and baseball stadium, a water park, the historical museum, and library. Joliet depicts the rich cultural heritage impressed on the city and shows how the people lived and worked together, earning Joliet the title of All-American City in 1955 by the National Municipal League and Look magazine.
ISBN: 9780738540429
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Marianne Wolf was born in Joliet and is an active member of the Joliet Croatian Culture Club, the Slovenian Women's Union of America Branch No. 20, and a 50-year member of Kranjsko Slovenska Katoliska Jednota Lodge No. 29. She serves on the boards of the Illinois Woman's Press Association and the TallGrass Writers Guild and works for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
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