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Joliet, Illinois Pushing Heritage

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The city of Joliet, Illinois, one of the fastest growing cities in the US, has become very active in pushing its heritage. Joliet also has the Illinois and Michigan Canal, a major reason for Chicago's growth, railroads, and several old highways went through it, including the Lincoln Highway(US-30), Rt. 66, US-6, and US-52.

 

Forty indentity columns have been commissioned by the city and Friends of Community Public Art. The Route 66 one was dedicated on the 80th anniversary of the road back on Veterans Day 2006. These are original sculptures mounted on pedestals, many with mosaic tile around the base.

 

A book of poetry has also been published. One, on Route 66, is by Ted Thompson.

 

Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog

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