Today Joliet is served by several railroads, as well as Interstate Highways 55 and 80, which intersect a few miles southwest of the city.
The quarrying of limestone, with a bluish-white tinge, earned Joliet the nickname “City of Stone.” The Illinois and Michigan Canal was both a consumer of stone in the building of locks, bridges, and aqueducts and, after its completion in 1848, an artery for shipping stone to regional customers.
Joliet's economy entered a period of decline in the late 1970s and by 1983 its unemployment rate stood at 26 percent.
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