History of Joliet Guardian Angel High School
Joliet (population 129,519) is located in northeastern Illinois in west-central Will County. In
fact, is the county seat of Will County and spills over into Kendall County to the west. Joliet was platted in 1834 and
officially incorporated in 1852. After much discussion over the town's early name (it was known as Juliet from
1834 to 1845), Joliet was settled upon to honor Louis Joliet, famous explorer who first viewed the area in 1673.
A number of routes have served as ways to reach Joliet, including the legendary Route 66, which was replaced
by Interstate 55, along with Interstate 80, US Routes 6, 30, 45, 52, and Illinois Routes 7, 53, and 171. The rail
service has been provided by the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern (EJE) RR, along with the AT & SF RR, & the former
Rock Island RR, which shut down in 1980. Daily commuter service to Chicago is offered by Metra (short for Metropolitan
Train Service) from the Regional Transportation Authority based in Chicago. The Des Plaines River also flows thru the
heart of Joliet, and the community also served as a primary stop on the Illinois & Michigan Canal.