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

The PECO Building

Historic Pottstown Walking Tour

The PECO Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. The PECO Building Marker
On February 19, 1889, the Pottstown Light, Heat & Power Co., located on Queen St. west of Penn St., along the railroad tracks, brought electricity to Pottstown. That night, High St. was illuminated by a series of 2000 candlepower arc lights. The first private lamp was installed in the clothing store of A. Weitzenkorn & Sons at 145 High St. Local operation of the power plant continued until the Pottstown Light, Heat & Power Co. transferred its stock to the Philadelphia Suburban Gas & Electric Co. on March 19, 1910.

Almost immediately, the new company announced plans to build a new powerplant at this site, the first of its kind in our area. It was to be equipped with three Keeler water-tube boilers of 320 hp rated capacity each. Current from the new plant was officially turned on at the opening ceremonies on March 14, 1912. Until the late-1990's, the Philadelphia Electric Co. continued to use the building as a generation plant and substation.

In 2001, using funds from the Montgomery County “Revitalization Fund,” the Borough purchased the site as a gateway to Riverfront Park. Today, the building has been identified
The PECO Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. The PECO Building and Marker
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in several planning projects including the “Pottstown Parks” plan, as well as the Pottstown Promenade project, as an important connecting node between High Street and Riverfront Park along the Schuylkill River. As an excellent example of adaptive reuse, the Schuylkill River Center is now the home of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area managed by the Schuylkill River Greenway Association.
—David R. Kerns & David Downs
Erected 2002 by PECO Energy and Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1924.
Location. 40° 14.622′ N, 75° 39.202′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on College Drive 0.1 miles west of Hanover Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 College Drive, Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freight Station - AAA East Penn (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reading Passenger Station (about 800 feet away); First Iron Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Shuler House (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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The Elks Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Security Trust Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weitzenkorn's Clothiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Clair Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottstown.
Also see . . .  Cleanup of PECO Site. (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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