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Joliet History, Illinois

This city was crowned with the title of Joliet in the name of daughter of James B Campbell. They settled in this terrain in the year 1834 and until that decade, this terrain used to be referred as Juliet. In the year 1845, Juliet was finally transformed to Joliet when the city was officially incorporated in the year 1852.

The city was actually found by Louis Joliet who was a French Canadian and the third son of the wagon maker publicly famous as Quebec. When he turned 21, he left his home town in France after his elder brother discovered Iroquois territory. When his brother had found the Iroquois territory, this inspired Quebec and he also eagerly wanted to search a new place. He went along the side of river of Des Plaines and finally made his way towards the city of Joliet.   

In the same year, he made his way towards Joliet when he was able to be acquainted with the cultivation capability of the region. He made great researches in the farming sector and soon came up with the conclusion that the terrain is highly fertile for growing almost all types of grains, producing wine and fruits. Along with this, he also concluded that the terrain of Joliet is best suited for grazing cows, turkeys, stags and does on the wasteland. When he observed that the region is brimming with benefits, he eventually came up with the suggestion of settling there.

As the region was full of opportunities for settlement of people, very soon population started settling there. And later on, the first courthouse was established in the region in the year 1838. This courthouse also served as a jail for culprits and was even used for the purposes of church revival and services. For instance, the first meeting of the Baptists had taken place here and the converts were baptized in the river of Des Plains.   

Thereafter, the first company of sawmill was developed on the route of Highland Park in Joliet. This saw mill was built on the creek of Hickory and was used to cultivate black walnuts and Hugh oaks in order to supply to the new settlers. After this, the city developed at an unprecedented growth rate due to which large number of people came here to settle permanently. This, in turn, brought in problems of unemployment that were finally combated with the help of development of manufacturing industries.   

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