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Philadelphia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 39° 57.210 W 075° 09.810
18S E 486034 N 4422608
Quick Description: Marker Text: Founded by William Penn. Laid out in 1682. Chartered a city, 1701. Pennsylvania's capital until 1799; the nation's to 1800. County was one of Pennsylvania's original three, formed 1682 and consolidated with city in 1854. Name means "City of Brotherly Love."
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 4/23/2006 5:42:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMB4J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member unimoggers
Views: 53

Long Description:


From: A History of Philadelphia The city of Philadelphia, as laid out by William Penn, comprised only that portion of the present city situated between South and Vine Streets and Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. In fact, the city proper was that portion between High (Market) Street and Dock Creek. Here is where the pioneers dug caves in the banks of the Delaware or built huts on the land higher up. Meanwhile, the women equally busy in their sphere, had lighted their fire on the bare earth, and having "their kettle slung between two poles upon a stick transverse," thus prepared the meal of homely and frugal fare for the repast of diligent builders.

Settlements were made, however, outside of these boundaries, and in the course of time they became separately incorporated and had separate governments, making congeries of towns and districts, the whole group being known abroad simply as Philadelphia.

The movement in favor of the consolidation of the city and districts had been agitated. A committee appointed by town meeting drafted a bill to be laid before the Legislature, fixing the details of the measure, was adopted by the General Assembly on February 2,1854.

The bill provided that the city of Philadelphia, as limited by the charter of 1789, should be enlarged by taking in all the territory comprised within the county of Philadelphia.
Marker Name: Philadelphia

County: Philadelphia

Date Dedicated: 12/06/1982

Marker Type: City

Location: N. Broad St. (Pa. 611) & John F. Kennedy Blvd., just N of City Hall

Category: Cities & Towns, William Penn

Website: [Web Link]

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