Joilet, Illinois - Facts & Figures
In 1833, following the Black Hawk War, Charles Reed built a cabin along the west side of the Des Plaines River. Across the river in 1834, James B. Campbell, treasurer of the canal commissioners, laid out the village of "Juliet", named after his daughter. Just before the economic depression of 1837, Juliet incorporated as a village, but to cut tax expenses, Juliet residents soon petitioned the state to rescind that incorporation. In 1845, local residents changed the community's name from "Juliet" to "Joliet". Joliet was reincorporated as a city in 1852. Cornelius Cohenhoven Van Horne was active in getting the city its first charter, and because of this he was elected Joliet's first Mayor. When the city later built a new bridge it was named The Van Horne Bridge.
- Population: 148,262
- Industries: Health care & Social Assistance, Retail Trade and Manufacturing
- Area Codes: 815, 779
- ZIP Codes: 60431, 60432, 60433, 60434, 60435, 60436,60586
- Surrounding Cities: Channahon, IL , Crest Hill, IL , Crystal Lawns, IL , Elwood, IL , Fairmont, IL