Introduction to Braidwood, Illinois
Braidwood was formerly known as Keeversville. In 1864, a farmer discovered coal in the area while digging for water. There were substantial deposits of coal in the community, and number of organizations soon rushed here to set up operations. In 1867, the first post office was established in the area. James Braidwood was an early settler in the area, and the community was named in his honor. Braidwood was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1873.
Braidwood and nearby Attractions
- Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Morton Arboretum
- Kankakee River State Park
- Brookfield Zoo
- Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
- DuSable Museum of African-American History
Things To Do In Braidwood
The Museum of Science and Industry, the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Graue Mill and Museum, the DuSable Museum of African-American History and the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture are all accessible from Braidwood. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Silver Oaks Golf Course, the High Point Golf Club, the Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course or at the Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Course. Other popular attractions include the Fossil Rock Recreation Area, Challenge Park Xtreme, the Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, and the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area.
Chicago Midway International is the closest major airport.
Braidwood Higher Education
Joliet Junior College, Olivet Nazarene University and North Central College are among the nearby colleges and universities.