Joliet, Plainfield, and Lockport

2 Hours; 40 Miles; Sunday, 18 January 2004

I left my Tempe home at 9:00am to catch a 10:16am flight to Chicago, Illinois. I thought it was an 11:16am departure time. Traffic problems on the 101 Loop caused us to find an alternative route to Sky Habor International Airport in Phoenix. I arrived at the gate while the plane was being boarded. My America West flight arrived in Chicago almost 30 minutes late. The weather was not good.

On Sunday, 18 January 2004, at 8:00am I headed out on a 40 mile two hour road trip that included a short drive on Lincoln Highway (US Highway-30) into Plainfield, Illinois. It was about 10° with a brisk wind (I suspect the wind chill was near zero). This road needed a full day, but time and weather gave me a two hours to road trip.

These days -- thanks to urban sprawl -- Joliet, Plainfield and Lockport are becoming one. Farms still remain, but they are surrounded by various and sundry developments. This urban farm picture was taken from an entrance to a new housing development.

On the way to Lockport, I headed south on Route 66 to Stateville Prison. {sign... entrance}

Downtown Lockport, IL, on a cold 10° Sunday morning. Lots of old buildings. This downtown is worthy of walking. { Illinois & Michigan Canal Town ... sculpture ... view}

When you enter Joliet, Illinois from Lockport, you are greeted with the closed Joliet Prison. {view}

Downtown Joliet has lots of murals (another), Joliet Township High School (formerly Joliet Central), the Rialto Theatre, and Union Station. {American flag ... RR tracks ... freight train ... great ballroom ... sign ... Amtrack ... plaque ... train murals ... mural}

Joliet, the city of steel and stone, has numerous bridges. {bridges ... bridge}

This trip was about 40 miles and it took two hours. The sun was nice, but it was bitterly cold. I have plans to return during the summer and spend an entire day in the town of Lockport and the city of Joliet. I will also add the I-55/I-80 crossroads.

Author: Gerald D.Thurman []
Created: 20 Jan 2004