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

Ten Box Shelter

1940

 
 
Ten Box Shelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
1. Ten Box Shelter Marker
Inscription.
A telephone line used by park guards once ran along Forbidden Drive. The line had ten locked phone boxes, the tenth one here. The line is gone, but the name “Ten Box” lives on.

Built in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Ten Box served as a guard station and provided visitors with restrooms. The storage room once hosted a bicycle concession.

In the 1990s, the Friends of the Wissahickon restored Ten Box and other WPA buildings in the park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 40° 1.656′ N, 75° 11.563′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Forbidden Drive, on the right when traveling south on Lincoln 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 (a few steps from this marker); Forbidden Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Germantown
Ten Box Shelter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
2. Ten Box Shelter Marker
(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.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photo of the Ten Box Shelter when it serves as a bicycle concession.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkNotable Buildings
 
Ten Box Shelter and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
3. Ten Box Shelter and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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