|Near the high end|
|Looking towards the high (North) end|
|Looking towards the low (South) end|
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
Because of the shadows, you can clearly see where the truss bridge was. Tt appears the flyover has an interesting "kink" and is indeed going to a building. Why would a building want train service to its second story considering the expense of a ramp and bridge? Does the building contain gravity fed storage bins? Also note the rail car parked south of the bridge does imply that the current service road used to be another railroad right-of-way.
|1923 Topo from northavenue.net|
To get another view of the flyover and connecting building, I accessed a 1924 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map. Back then Columbia went straight through between Chicago and Collins Street. Furthermore, Collins Street is the one labeled IL-171 on the Google Map. Unfortunately, the Sanborn Map labels the area surrounded by Columbia Street, Collins Street, the penitentiary, and the river+canal as "United State Steel Corporation (Admission Refused)." So this map does not help understand the destination of the flyover.
I did walk up to the clearing in the tree line and take pictures of the buildings to the east and southeast because they looked old.
Gateway Company. Maybe some day I'll stop in and ask if they also own the old buildings that are further north. I notice one of the functions listed by the Gateway Company is "warehousing." So maybe that is what they use some of of the old buildings for.
|Bird's Eye View|
|Bill Molony posted|
This is a portion of a 1904 Army Corps Of Engineers map that shows the position of the tracks of both the Chicago & Alton Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad adjacent to the Illinois Steel Company and the Illinois State penitentiary on the north side of Joliet.
Michael Maitland Believe this was an early Illinois steel plant, prior to US steel conglomerate, but could be wrong. Also see American Steel and Wire is in the upper left of the complex.
This is an earlier version of the flyover. Given the ruins, the replaced the steel trestle with an earthen embankment that uses concrete retaining walls.
Steve OConnor posted
Where there's steel - there's railroads.
The “City of Steel” emerged with the construction of the Joliet steel plant in 1869 under the ownership of the Union, Coal Iron and Transportation Co. and produced iron rails. In 1873 the mill was reorganized as the Joliet Iron and Steel Co., when two of the five-ton Bessemer converters that revolutionized the industry were built there and were among the earliest used in the United States. The rolling mill, a key element of the works, struck its first blow in March 1873. Railroad rails rolled at the Joliet Works played a key role in the expansion of America's railroad infrastructure. Soon the Joliet Iron and Steel Works was the second largest steel mill in the United States. While canal construction (Illinois & Michigan Canal) drew Irish immigrants, the steel mill attracted thousands of southeastern Europeans. These new immigrants also found jobs on the railroad that serviced the steel mill, the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway.
Stuart Pearson shared
Joliet, IL around the turn of the 20th Century was 2nd in Steel Production in the entire USA.
Dennis DeBruler The gondola cars are a reminder that the Chicago & Alton was a predecessor of the GM&O (Gulf, Mobile & Ohio), which is now the CN tracks. https://www.google.com/.../data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4...