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

Welcome to Washington Square

 
 
Welcome to Washington Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Welcome to Washington Square Marker
Inscription. Founder William Penn had a plan for Philadelphia. He wanted a prosperous, bustling city with straight, orderly streets. He also set aside five squares, establishing parks for the public. Both ideas influenced the design of many later American towns and cities.
Southeast Square, renamed for George Washington in 1825, only slowly lived up to Penn's ideal. In the 18th century, it served as a burial ground and pasture. In the 19th century the city added trees, walks, benches, lamps, and an ornamental fence. An 1846 guidebook described the Square as "beautiful and fashionable."
In the mid-2oth century, residents added the memorial to Washington and unknown soldiers of the American Revolution. It remains the Square's centerpiece.
The Square's importance to the nation was formally recognized when it became part of Independence National Historical Park at the beginning of the 21st century.
 
Location. 39° 56.86′ N, 75° 9.076′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Street and 6th Street, on the left when traveling west on Walnut Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Entrance to Washington Square at Walnut and 6th Streets. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Entrance to Washington Square at Walnut and 6th Streets.
marker. Washington Square (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Moon Tree (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of the Many American Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); Penn's Plan (a few steps from this marker); The Capital City (a few steps from this marker); A Fashionable Promenade (a few steps from this marker); Sorrow and Joy (within shouting distance of this marker); Linked in Memory (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers in Washington Square
 
Also see . . .  Washington Square - U.S. History.org website. (Submitted on July 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraHorticulture & ForestryMilitaryNotable PersonsNotable PlacesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. Photo on Marker
Shaded walks lead to a memorial to General George Washington and the Unknown Soldiers of the American Revolution.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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