Joliet was named The City of Stone and Steel because of it’s limestone quarry and steel mill. This nicely done, little museum tells the early history of these industries and the stories of the immigrants from Great Britain and Eastern Europe who came to Joliet to find work and raise their families. The museum building was once a Methodist church and still has beautiful stain glass windows.
The building also houses a visitor center with Route 66 information and photo opportunities.
The museum is accessible. A short film is shown in a mockup of a street car. The street car is accessed by steps only but the film is also shown in another location that is accessible.