Will County Tour

I've lived in Joliet for seventeen years, but have visited only about half of the towns in Will County. So yesterday, near the end of my four-week sabbatical from work, I tried to rectify this, by visiting every town in the county, along with various unincorporated areas that are significant enough to have formal names. I targeted thirty-five communities, and Maddie rode along for most of the trip.

Long story short, I didn't even get close to my goal.  I only made it to twenty-two, for several reasons. First off, Will County is pretty damned big in terms of acreage. There is also only a meandering route for visiting every town, often on slower two-lane roads, plus I focused on the eastern end of the county (I live at the western end), where I had never been before. Lastly, Maddie and were pretty worn out by the end, and didn't want to keep Julie waiting for us until dark. We completely missed the southwest corner of the county, where there's a relative cluster of old coal mining towns, unlike the spread-out farm towns in the center and eastern end - so maybe, some Saturday, Maddie and I can do the remaining towns. 

The entire excursion lasted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with only two bathroom breaks and one stop for coffee. Maddie and I had a great trip. We still got home in time to enjoy a hearty dinner, at roughly our usual time.

Below is a photo from every town and hamlet we visited.

 

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Memorial garden for Lidice, Czechoslovakia, Crest Hill.

 

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Former schoolhouse, Romeoville.

 

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Defunct bingo parlor, Bolingbrook.

 

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Shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Lockport. 

 

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Messenger Marsh, Homer Glen.

 

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Marley Community Church, Marley.

 

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Former grain elevator, Mokena.

 

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Water tower, Frankfort.

 

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 Governors State University, University Park.

 

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Bandshell, Steger.

 

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Al's Barber Shop, Crete. 

 

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St. Paul's Church, Monee. 

 

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Former livery stable, Beecher. 

 

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Peotone Bowl, Peotone. 

 

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Storage shed, Andres. 

 

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Farm, Wilton. 

 

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Abandoned store, Wilton Center. 

 

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Creamery ice cream store, Manhattan. 

 

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Fire station, New Lenox. 

 

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Lily pond, Elwood.

 

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Defunct laundromat, Rockdale. 

 

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Barber shop (and former camera store), Joliet. 

June 24, 2017 in Photography, Travel | Permalink | Comments (1)