Then & Now: Looking west across the Des Plaines River in Joliet
December 19, 2012 8:40PM
Former site of the Granite & Marble Works factory along DesPlaines River in Joiet, Wednesday, December 12, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: January 21, 2013 2:13PM
Looking across the Des Plaines River in Joliet, this 1880s-era photograph shows the west side of the river and several businesses along Bluff Street, including the Granite & Marble Works owned by Henry A. Smith and George P. Nape. Rising above all the structures is the three-story, red-brick, Second Empire/Italianate style home of Hiram B. Scutt, which was built in 1882 on Broadway Street. Scutt was a prominent Joliet businessman who began manufacturing barbed wire in Joliet in 1874.
Today, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park sits on the land formerly occupied by Granite & Marble Works and other industrial sites.
The Then photograph is from the Adelmann Regional History Collection.
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