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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Forbidden Drive

1869

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
1. Forbidden Drive Marker
Inscription.
Welcome to Wissahickon Valley Park and
Forbidden Drive
Many rough mill roads once ran through this valley. But as traffic increased, people needed a better road. In the early 1850s, work began on a turnpike to ease travel between the mills and the city.

In 1869 the turnpike became part of Fairmount Park. It became Upper Wissahickon Drive, free to all who came to enjoy the valley’s beauty.

With the coming of automobiles came years of debate: should the drive be a quiet park trail or busy road? In 1899 the park commission banned automobiles along the drive. But for nearly the next 30 years it received proposals to re-open the drive. The commission voted against them all and this stretch of road has been called “Forbidden Drive” ever since.

“ . . . Now the Wissahiccon is of so remarkable a loveliness that, were it flowing in England, it would be the theme of every bard, and the common topic of every tongue . . . . ”
“Morning on the Wissahiccon”
Edgar Allan Poe


In 1964 this park became one of the first seven places to be honored as a National Natural Landmark.
 
Location. 40° 1.665′ N, 75° 11.576′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia
Forbidden Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
2. Forbidden Drive Marker
County. Marker is at the intersection of Forbidden Drive and Lincoln Drive, on the right when traveling west on Forbidden Drive. Click for map. Marker is located in parking area 12 of Wissahickon Valley Park at Lincoln and Forbidden Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Germantown (here, next to this marker); Ten Box Shelter (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Germantown (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Jacob Rittenhouse Home at RittenhouseTown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rittenhouse Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); David Rittenhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rittenhouse Homestead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonial Herb Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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Marker on Forbidden Drive image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
3. Marker on Forbidden Drive
Forbidden Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, Forbidden
4. Forbidden Drive Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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