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From Marsh to Solid Ground

 
 
From Marsh to Solid Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
1. From Marsh to Solid Ground Marker
Inscription. In 1771 the British army built Fort Mifflin on the southern tip of marshy Mud Island. The process of draining the island began with this construction. Over the next century the waterways between Mud and the other islands were gradually filled in by people and tidal silt.

Farms were established on higher ground. People dammed streams and drained meadows for fields and grazing. They built dikes to keep the tide from flooding their new pastures. The waterways filled in and became solid ground.

An Island of Green
As Philadelphia grew and prospered, it became the "world's workshop" in the 19th and 20th centuries. Industry eventually surrounded Fort Mifflin.

Today, the fort is an island of green in the midst of an urban industrial complex. Fort Mifflin forms a valuable link in a chain of green spaces along the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers that is essential in supporting and nurturing the region's wildlife.
 
Location. 39° 52.567′ N, 75° 12.733′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Fort Mifflin Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Mifflin (within shouting distance of this
From Marsh to Solid Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 10, 2013
2. From Marsh to Solid Ground Marker
marker); Fort Mifflin (Mud Fort) on Mud Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Casemates or Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster’s Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital & Mess Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers’ Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers’ Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Colonial EraEnvironmentForts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort Mifflin & Moat image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, May 10, 2013
3. Fort Mifflin & Moat
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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