In December of 1942, there she was! A 327 foot, 5,500 ton, steel Landing Ship Tank ship (LST), sailing from the Prairie Shipyard in Seneca, Illinois. She was launched sideways from a slip at about 22 miles per hour, splashed into the Illinois River, and made her way to the ocean via the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
Imagine you are 10 or 12 years old and it is a hot, sunny August day. You and your family have joined others for Mazon Creek Fossil Tour Family Day, near Morris, Illinois.
The first time I saw the Village of Lemont, I was charmed by it. We crested the hill on Lemont Road as it lead us south into town. Opening up below was the Des Plaines River Valley.
Sometimes something changes and you get a whole new lease on life. For the LaSalle County Historical Society, that change came in the 1960’s, and they have been running with it since.
A spectacular evening in August 2022, an event named Blues Brothers Con brought 5,700 people out to see Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, other Blues artists and local bands perform at the Old Joliet Prison Historic Site, according to Gregg Peerbolte, Joliet Area Museum Director. A new addition to their Prison Museum venue, they hope to offer it again in the future.
A museum about a river system and its wetlands in an Bridgehouse? How imaginative – and appropriate!
26th Canal Boat Captain’s Luncheon Honorees: Friends of The Chicago Portage and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
History forgotten is history lost, according to Gary Mechanic, head of the Friends of the Chicago Portage.