“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Birdsboro in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Neighborhoods Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., October 17, 2020
1. Neighborhoods Marker
Inscription.  By the mid nineteenth century, the industrial iron community of Birds-Borough had developed into an area with distinctly organized neighborhoods. Each had its own pride and identity, each its own ethnic character, and each its own special title. Located in each were schools, churches, and even individual sport teams. With the passage of time, the nicknames endured, and to this day, they are still often referred to as well defined neighborhoods.

Little Italy
This ethnic community was situated west along the canal and the Schuylkill, from the river bridge to the extreme end of the borough.

A small portion of West First Street had formerly been a pasture for Reuben Beidler's dairy herd.

Formerly known as Irishtown, it was renamed Brooklyn to honor the Brooke family.
[photo caption] Bradley Homestead

The hilly area of Jefferson Street was rumored to have contained a small vein of silver.

During construction of the Wilmington & Northern rail line in the 1860s and 70s, Mexicans were
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hired as laborers. Most were encamped along the Hay Creek in the south part of town. The site was thus called Mexico, and the adjacent stream the Rio Grande.
[photo caption] Mexico Falls

From Main St. to Hay Creek, it was named for former land owners, the Shirey family.
[photo caption] Hotel Washington

This area was developed the year Oklahoma became a state.

Including Spruce and Walnut Streets, this was comprised of land that had been the Lincoln farm.
[photo caption] Lincoln Building

Here is the site where slag and cinders were deposited from Furnace #2, the Keystone Furnace.
[photo caption] Fecera's Furniture

South of the company homes on Mill Street, small cabins were built to house workers of the Brooke Iron Company.

A small grouping of houses south of Mexico was referred to as Texas.
[photo caption] Trinity Evangelical Church
[The Mexico area is referenced elsewhere in this plaque's text.]
Erected by American Legion Post 626.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Neighborhoods Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 20, 2020
2. Neighborhoods Marker
40° 15.984′ N, 75° 48.313′ W. Marker is in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and East Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 724/345), on the right when traveling south on Water Street. Route 345 previously had its north end at Main Street, but was then extended: west on Main Street (route 724), then north along old route 82 to end at US 422. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birdsboro PA 19508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birdsboro Trailhead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birdsboro (about 300 feet away); Bird Mansion (about 400 feet away); Birdsboro World War I Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Mercantile (about 500 feet away); American Legion Post 626 Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); The E. & G. Brooke Iron Company World War II Memorial (about 600 feet away); Birdsboro Steel (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birdsboro.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland.   2. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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