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Merion Station in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Philadelphia and Columbia Railway

The Main Line of Public Works of the State of Pennsylvania

 

1834-1857

 
Philadelphia and Columbia Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, September 11, 2013
1. Philadelphia and Columbia Railway Marker
Inscription.
One of Americas Earliest Railroads,
it was first powered by horses, later by steam. The right-of-way was on the south-side of Montgomery Avenue across from Merion Friends Meetinghouse.

This railroad was a major route for escaping slaves crossing the Susquehanna River from Maryland. As the freight cars passed this Meetinghouse, several Quaker families, who operated Safe Houses, placed food and water in the cars for escaping slaves.
These are the original “sleeper” stones
which were used as track supports.

 
Erected by The Lower Merion Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 0.55′ N, 75° 15.223′ W. Marker is in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Montgomery Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is at the driveway entrance of Merion Friends Meeting House next to the General Wayne Inn. Marker is in this post office area: Merion Station PA 19066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Merion Friends Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); John Dickinson
Philadelphia and Columbia Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, September 19, 2013
2. Philadelphia and Columbia Railway Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Merion Friends Meeting (about 400 feet away); Washington's Army Encampment (about 500 feet away); James A. Bland (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999) (approx. 2.1 miles away); Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merion Station.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Rail History - Philadelphia & Columbia. (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Main Line of Public Rail Works - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
3. Map of Phila & Columbia RR - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Philadelphia and Columbia Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, September 11, 2013
3. Philadelphia and Columbia Railway Marker
These rails are resting on the original “sleeper” stones which were used as track supports.
Railway Sleeper Stone Detail from marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, September 11, 2013
4. Railway Sleeper Stone Detail from marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on September 19, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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