Heritage Quarries And Illinois & Michigan Canal Walking Tour
We currently offer 2 tours of the quarries.
The first tour begins at the gazebo on the canal, near the end of the new
Heritage Quarries parking lot.
Your group and guide will walk along the Illinois & Michigan Canal
on the way to view three quarries. On the tour you will learn about
the construction and use of the I&M Canal and see the ruins of a brick
kiln. The history of Lemont limestone, the quarry industry and its
workers will be covered as you view three beautiful spring-fed quarries.
You may even see small mammals and waterfowl along the route.
Historical photos of canal boats, quarry equipment and workers, will
be shown to give you a sense of the hustle and bustle of the canal
and quarries in their heyday.
The 2nd tour is a longer tour around all the quarries. It starts in the same
place. More experienced tour guides such as Doris Peterman and George Scheel usually
lead this route and add naturalist information about wildlife. The longer route
comes back past the east end of Consumers's Quarry. and is about two miles long.
Pictures are courtesy of Richard Lee