Sunday, July 24, 2022

Dam and Lock #5 near Jackson Street in Joliet, IL

(Satellite, the Illinois Waterway Project downed the area of this lock)

I've read about dams and locks in Joliet before, but I can't find that info now. So I'm starting some notes to at least save some MWRD photos.

MWRD posted
A wheelbarrow brigade moving gravel for concrete for a new lock at Jackson Street in Joliet, Illinois, on March 24, 1899.
Frank Stokes: It looks like the lock is still there. Would this be the original spot the I&M connected to the Des Plaines river?

Dennis DeBruler commented on Frank's comment
Frank Stokes The canal connection still exists north of Ruby Street.
41°32'20.7"N 88°04'56.5"W
This lock went around a mill dam, and it was on the west side of the river. The truss bridge in the background of the photo is probably Ruby Street. In the left background and behind the riverfront industries we see the Illinois Iron Works. The building of the Brandon Road Lock & Dam would have put any remnants of this lock under water.

MWRD posted on June 13, 2022
Workers moving gravel for concrete at the construction site of new Lock No. 5 at Jackson Street in Joliet, Illinois, on March 24, 1899.

MWRD posted
A view to the north showing construction work on the I&M Canal Lock No. 5 in Joliet, Illinois, on March 24, 1899.

MWRD posted on Nov 29, 2021
A barge passes through a newly built lock at Jackson Street in Joliet, Illinois, downstream from the soon-to-open Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1899.

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