Thursday, September 29, 2016

Santa Fe Coaling Tower and Steel Works north of Joliet, IL

March 1943. Between Lockport and Joliet, Illinois, along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe.
One of the comments confirms the background is a steel plant:
The site is most likely the coke ovens of the Joliet Iron and Steel Works, which dates to the early 1870s. All operations at the plant ended in the early 1980s. It seems likely the ATSF would have supplied coal to the coke facility, and handled finished steel product in local interchange service and points west.
The bridge is the approach to the EJ&E lift bridge. The coaling tower is in the upper-right corner of this 1939 photo. You can see the bridge that frames the photo near the bottom.

1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

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