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Joliet museum sees 50% jump in tourism

The Joliet Area Historical Museum in Joliet, Ill., reports a 50 percent rise in visitors since the 2008-2009 fiscal year, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Guess what gets a good portion of the credit for the increase:

About 16,000 people visited the museum, located at 204 N. Ottawa St. in downtown Joliet, in 2008-09, compared to more than 24,000 people in the 2010-11 fiscal year. Executive Director Tony Contos said that the museum gets visitors from 37 countries and around the world interested in things such as historic Route 66, the Joliet prison as well as the original Dairy Queen site in Joliet.

Just a few weeks ago, the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac reported a 30 percent increase in tourism from the previous year.


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