“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Clickable Map of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Philadelphia County, PA (1465) Bucks County, PA (254) Delaware County, PA (257) Montgomery County, PA (258) Burlington County, NJ (325) Camden County, NJ (115) Gloucester County, NJ (55)  PhiladelphiaCounty(1465) Philadelphia County (1465)  BucksCounty(254) Bucks County (254)  DelawareCounty(257) Delaware County (257)  MontgomeryCounty(258) Montgomery County (258)  BurlingtonCountyNew Jersey(325) Burlington County (325)  CamdenCounty(115) Camden County (115)  GloucesterCounty(55) Gloucester County (55)
Philadelphia is the county seat for Philadelphia County
Adjacent to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
      Bucks County (254)  
      Delaware County (257)  
      Montgomery County (258)  
      Burlington County, New Jersey (325)  
      Camden County, New Jersey (115)  
      Gloucester County, New Jersey (55)  
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1Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…a device like a bellpull…"
"…a device like a bellpull, at the head of the Doctor's bed, raised and lowered an iron, bolt through staples at the top of the door; until this bolt was raised the door could not be opened." Col Carr's Recollections May 25, . . . Map (db m192921) HM
2Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…as to oiling…"
"…as to oiling the floors, it may be omitted till I return." Ben to Deborah Franklin London, Fall, 1765Map (db m192930) HM
3Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…his library is…"
"…his library is a very large chamber…the walls are covered with shelves filled with books. Four large alcoves also filled in the same manner." Dr. Manasseh Cutler's Diary July 13, 1787Map (db m192940) HM
4Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…his little room…"
"…his little room makes a singular appearance, being filled with old philosophical instruments, papers, boxes, tables and stools…" Arthur Ellicott's Diary Dec. 4, 1785Map (db m192948) HM
5Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…I want also the dimensions…"
"…I want also the dimensions of the windows in the little north room and the number of them for which you would have me bring curtains." Ben to Deborah Franklin London, Fall 1765Map (db m192949) HM
6Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…in the front room…"
"…in the front room which I have designed for guests I have the bed which you sent from England, a chamber mahogany table and stand." Deborah Franklin to Ben Phila., Fall 1765Map (db m192944) HM
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7Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…in the room we call yours…"
"…in the room we call yours is your desk, the Armonica, a large chest with all your writings, boxes of glasses for the electricity, your clothes and pictures." Deborah Franklin to Ben Phila., Fall 1765Map (db m192946) HM
8Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…in this new room…"
"…in this new room we can dine a company of 24 persons." Ben to his sister Jane Mecom Phila., May 30, 1787Map (db m192932) HM
9Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives"
Nobody with dark skin could live without fear of the kidnappers who operated under a virtual man-hunter's license provided by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. For free Philadelphians of African descent, fear always stalked the streets as man-stealers . . . Map (db m102438) HM
10Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…it was intended to be an expression of the American mind…"Independence National Historical Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Thomas Jefferson resided at his site while drafting the Declaration of Independence. In little more than two weeks, Jefferson finished his timeless defense of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” While Jefferson labored over . . . Map (db m106131) HM
11Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…let the papier mache…"
"…let the papier mache musical figures be tacked to the middle of the ceiling of the blue room; when this is done, I think it will look very well." Ben to Deborah Franklin London, June 12, 1767Map (db m192927) HM
12Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…that reed stuff…"
"…that reed stuff for curtains is for the two little rooms down stairs." Deborah Franklin to Ben Phila., April 29, 1767Map (db m192913) HM
13Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…the carpenter…"
"…the carpenter is to put up the steps at the north door." Deborah Franklin to Ben Phila, Fall 1765Map (db m192951) HM
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14Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…the curtains are not…"
"…the curtains are not made for the blue room nor did I press for them as we had a great number of flies. It is observed they are very fond of new paint." Deborah Franklin to Ben Phila., Fall 1765Map (db m192926) HM
15Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…three damask tablecloths…"
"…three damask tablecloths and a large true Turkey carpet for the dining parlour cost ten Guineas." Ben to Deborah Franklin London, April 6, 1766Map (db m192922) HM
16Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…two stories of…"
"…two stories of stair ramped, bracketed and wainscoted." Fire Insurance Survey Phila, Aug. 5, 1766Map (db m192929) HM
17Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "…two windows at each end…"
"…two windows at each end, the north and south, will make it (drawing/dining room) an airy summer room; and for winter there is a good chimney in the middle made handsome with marble slabs." Ben to his sister Jane Mecom Phila., May 30, . . . Map (db m192939) HM
18Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "An Act respecting fugitives from Justice"
In March of 1793, Washington signed the Fugitive Slave Act, which gave slave owners explicit authority to recover escaped slaved from any part of the nation. Some agents even took advantage of this law to kidnap free people of African descent.Map (db m102240) HM
19Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Associators"Pennsylvania National Guard — 1747 - 1997 —
The Rampant Lion [Image of a lion with sword and shield] Crest of the the PA National Guard. Near this site, the Associators, a group of citizen-soldiers organized by Benjamin Franklin and predecessor to the modern Pennsylvania National . . . Map (db m19096) HM
20Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Burn this treaty to Hell!"
On July 4, 1795, angry Philadelphians crowded the streets to protest the ratification of the Jay Treaty. The mob burned an effigy of former Chief Justice John Jay, who had negotiated a treaty with England that many people despised for its . . . Map (db m102220) HM
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21Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "By this addition…"
"By this addition I have gained a large cellar for wood" Ben to his sister Jane Mecom Phila., May 30, 1787Map (db m192934) HM
22Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "For the best room in the addition…"
"For the best room in the addition…I want a mirror measuring 59½ French inches long and 43 inches wide…no frame is to be with it as it is fixed over the chimney." Ben to Ferdinand Grand Phila., April 22, 1787Map (db m192933) HM
23Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Freedom might be too great a temptation"
Hercules, Washington's enslaved chef, asked that his son Richmond be brought to Philadelphia. If Hercules wanted Richmond to witness free people of African descent in Philadelphia, his wish ended after a short period of time. Washington sent . . . Map (db m102439) HM
24Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Gloria Dei" ChurchNational Historic Site
Here in 1677, Swedish settlers founded the first Christian church within what is now Philadelphia. Religious services were originally held in a log blockhouse. The present edifice, was erected in 1698-1703 and dedicated on June 2, 1700. In 1845 the . . . Map (db m21803) HM
25Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Government of the People."
Erected in commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776 - July 4, 1976 by the City of Philadelphia and the Fairmount Park Art Association Dedication Symbolizing . . . Map (db m214207) HM WM
26Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Have you moved…"
"Have you moved everything, and put all papers and books in my room, and do you keep it locked?" Ben to Deborah Franklin London, Fall 1765Map (db m192945) HM
27Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "He also showed us…"
"He also showed us his long artificial arm and hand for taking down and putting books up on high shelves, which are out of reach." Diary of Manasseh Culler Phila., Jul. 13, 1787Map (db m192938) HM
28Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "I am free now"
Oney Judge's strong desire for freedom drove the 22-year-old enslaved seamstress to flee the President's House on May 21, 1796. With the help of friends of African descent, she found passage to New Hampshire, where she married, raised a family, . . . Map (db m179587) HM
29Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "I and my household"
On November 22, 1790, President Washington arrived at the President's House to establish his home and office. With him were eight enslaved African descendents, ordered by Washington himself to be rotated back to Mount Vernon to evade Pennsylvania's . . . Map (db m179613) HM
30Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "I hardly know how to justify…"
. . . Map (db m192941) HM
31Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "I will fear no Evil"
Many evenings, Oney Judge would sit on her pallet where she slept at the foot of Martha Washington's bed, sewing and listening to the First Lady read the Bible, sing hymns, and pray with her two granddaughters in the next room. In the 1840s, . . . Map (db m102275) HM
32Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Milord La Chamarre"Sculptor: Jean Dubuffet
Sculpture fabricated 1973 - 1974 Originally installed in building lobby 1976 Relocated to this location 1990Map (db m191766) HM
33Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Pat's King of Steaks"
Using culinary influences from Abruzzi, Italy. Brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri created one of the nation's favorite fast foods. The steak sandwich, from a centuries-old recipe used in American homes, Pat's steaks originated here in 1930 and invented . . . Map (db m82079) HM
34Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Smokin' Joe" FrazierJanuary 12, 1944 - November 7, 2011
Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, Joe Frazier moved to Philadelphia as a young man to work and train as a boxer. Known for his devastating left hook, he won the Olympic Gold Medal in the Heavyweight Division in Tokyo before turning professional. . . . Map (db m212765) HM
35Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "The blue room has the…"
"The blue room has the armonica and and harpsichord in it, the gilt sconce, a card table, and a set of tea china I brought since you went from home." Deborah Franklin to Ben Phila., Fall 1765Map (db m192928) HM
36Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "The Italian Market"
By 1915 a second generation of Italian Americans organized a business association due to competing nearby markets. The Association's officers' ancestries hailed from central and southern Italy, and eastern Sicily; other members also were Americans . . . Map (db m81641) HM
37Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "This addition is…"
"This addition is on the side next to the river. There are a good many hands employed and I hope to see it covered in before winter." Ben to his sister Jane Mecom Phila., Sept. 21, 1786Map (db m192935) HM
38Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "We have no plates…"
"We have no plates or dishes fit to eat before your friends. The Queen's ware is thought very elegant here, perhaps you could bring them when you return." Sally Franklin Bache to Ben Phila, Oct. 30, 1773Map (db m192920) HM
39Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "We shall come to a civil war"
Abigail wrote to her sister in May of 1798 expressing her fears as the political debate heated up over President Adams' policies towards France. Over one thousand men marched in support of Adams on the street outside her window, while rumors . . . Map (db m102222) HM
40Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — “A Man Full of Trouble” Tavern
Built in 1759 with adjoining Paschall House. Last of the 18th century inns of colonial Philadelphia owned by Colonel Blaithewaite Jones, who was in charge of the Delaware River defenses of Philadelphia during the Revolution, and John Wood, famous . . . Map (db m31273) HM
41Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — “Common Sense”
At his print shop here, Robert Bell published the first edition of Thomas Paine’s revolutionary pamphlet in January 1776. Arguing for a republican form of government under a written constitution, it played a key role in rallying American support for . . . Map (db m32264) HM
42Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — “Evangeline”The Almshouse of the Society of Friends
On this site in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s narrative poem, “Evangeline,” Gabriel LaJeunesse and Evangeline Bellefontaine were reunited in the almshouse of the Society of Friends, located here 1729–1841.Map (db m50804) HM
43Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — “The Place You Tread is Holy Ground-”
In this church on the 4th of July 1779 was held the first public - religious commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. Attendance at the Holy Mass, then sung, was The Continental Congress, The President and official head of the new . . . Map (db m9113) HM
44Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — "Colors of the Human Family."
sto·ri·a·tion // (n): A decoration with scenes telling a story, usually from history or mythology. Some public or collegiate buildings are decorated with bas relief or other ornamentation depicting or suggesting historical events (from . . . Map (db m214042) HM
45Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — History of the Philadelphia Fire Department Mural Project
About the Mural: This mural project was a partnership of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD), the PFD Family Association and Wawa to honor and celebrate the first responders in the city of Philadelphia. The PFD's . . . Map (db m210980) HM WM
46Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — Joan of Arc 1889By Emmanuel Frémiet
[Dedication plaque nearby:] A gift to the city to commemorate the French Centennial, by Philadelphia's French citizens and the Fairmount Park Art Association Restored and rededicated 2010 by the City of Philadelphia and French . . . Map (db m212721) WM
47Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — Malcolm XMural Designed By: Cliff Hudson — Painted By: Ernel Martinez, James Burns —
This mural was restored in 2004 by artist Ernel Martinez. The original mural was designed and painted by Cliff Hudson. Cliff passed away in 2009. He created this mural and many others throughout Philadelphia as part of the Anti-Graffiti Network and . . . Map (db m210896) HM
48Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — Monument to Six Million Jewish MartyrsNathan Rapoport
Nathan Rapoport (1911-1987) began his career in Poland, where he won a scholarship to study art in France and Italy. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Rapoport, who was Jewish, fled to Russian controlled territory, where he worked briefly in . . . Map (db m192763) HM
49Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — Object for Expression2012 — Warren Holzman —
for impromptu performances and oration — in honor of the neighborhood's musical history and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 speech at 13th & Fitzwater StreetsMap (db m210865) HM
50Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — Persistence
Persistence is an imagined portrait by artist Jason Andrew Turner that was created in collaboration with women at the Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) in 2019. The portrait does not portray an existing person in the present, but rather . . . Map (db m210872) HM
51Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — Water Gives LifeDesigned and Painted by: Euhri Jones and David McShane
Philadelphia Water Department The grid of streets woven into the background of this mural was designed by William Penn to connect the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, the two waterways that provide Philadelphia's drinking water. Today, . . . Map (db m214206) HM
52Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 10th & MarketOn this block in 1896
The Charles C. Harrison Building at 1001-1005 Market Street housed offices, stores, and commercial uses. But in 1893-1984, it was designed by the architectural firm of Cope and Stewardson, one of the most influential architectural firms to work . . . Map (db m191793) HM
53Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1122 Locust Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m192701) HM
54Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1319 Locust Street1895 — Architect: Wilson Eyre, Jr., 1858-1944 —
1885 - 1926: Home of Dr. Joseph Leidy, Jr. Notable Philadelphia physician 1925 - 1980:: Poor Richard Club and Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism 1980 - Present: Headquarters, District 1199C, National . . . Map (db m191625) HM
55Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 139 Elfreth's Alley
National Register of Historic Places 139 Elfreth's Alley Circa 1703 United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m212577) HM
56Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 13th & MarketOn this block in 1895
Formerly a station for the Pennsylvania Rail Road, John Wanamaker purchased this property in 1876 and created a large central market called Wanamaker's Grand Depot. When the Depot first opened it only sold men's clothing. In 1877 Wanamaker . . . Map (db m191791) HM
57Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 13th & MarketOn this block in 1976
The groundbreaking for the 1234 Market Street Building took place in April 1972. This twenty story office building, pictured here in a photo from 1976, was designed by Bower and Fradley Architects and is located between the John Wanamaker . . . Map (db m191847) HM
58Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 13th & WalnutOn this block in 1930
Long before it was a busy commercial corridor. Walnut Street was a fashionable resident address. But by 1930, the wealthy occupants of houses like these on the 1200 block had moved on, to mansions at Rittenhouse Square and elsewhere, and the . . . Map (db m191885) HM
59Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 15th & MarketOn this block in 1859
The Western Farmers' Market was located on Market Street, west of 15th Street. This 1859 photograph shows the market sheds where fresh produce was delivered from farms that, at the time, were just north and west of Philadelphia's urban center. . . . Map (db m191850) HM
60Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 15th & WalnutOn this block in 1971
These photos feature attendees at the Walnut Street Walk, also known as "Let's Walk Again." First sponsored by 1971 by the Walnut Street Business Association, the walks sought to both promote Walnut Street as a place to shop and to get people out . . . Map (db m191881) HM
61Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 16"/50 Caliber Mark 7 Gun Barrel Number 293
This was the center gun of Turret 1 on the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) from 1943 until 1954, fired in anger during World War II and the Korean War. It was constructed at the Washington Navy Yard and installed on the ship here . . . Map (db m146660) HM
62Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1600 Spruce Street
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research A Publication of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons since 1953 Former Building Occupants 1600 Spruce ca 1840 Ursula Hobson Fine Art Frames . . . Map (db m194422) HM
63Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1608 Walnut Street
1608 Walnut Street has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places kept by the United State Department of InteriorMap (db m194418) HM
64Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1684First Glassworks
The first glassworks in America opens in Frankford.Map (db m192824) HM
65Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1689First Free Public Schools
Philadelphia becomes the first city in America to provide free education for all children.Map (db m192830) HM
66Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 16th & JFKOn this block in 1911
In the late 19th century, civic leaders in Philadelphia proposed a diagonal boulevard linking the new City Hall to Fairmount Park. In 1907, after nine different plans and much debate, Mayor John Reyburn enlisted architect Paul Crét to create a . . . Map (db m191903) HM
67Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 16th & WalnutOn this block in 1901
This stately Renaissance-style home at the Northwest corner of 16th & Walnut Streets was built in 1901 for a wealthy banker and designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, who also designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This . . . Map (db m191880) HM
68Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 16th between JFK & ArchOn this block in 1931
Originally called Broad Street Suburban Station, the large underground rail station running from 15th to 16th Streets opened up to the public on September 28, 1930. The 20-story office building above the station. One Penn Center, designed by . . . Map (db m191905) HM
69Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1702
Compass card, end of the 18th century. View of Philadelphia, 1702. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Philadelphia. The "new" mariner's quadrant was commonly used on ships for obtaining an estimated position. It came into use as . . . Map (db m192820) HM
70Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1710First Rocking Chair Reported damaged
Benjamin Franklin creates the first rocking chair.Map (db m192827) HM
71Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1723 / 1752 / 1765 / 1790 / 1806
1723 - 3rd Street - County Jail and Workhouse built in 1721. - Building built by Wm. Boulding, 1708-1709. - Building built by Wm. Boulding, 1708-1709. - Built by John Read (Franklin's future father-in-law), 1715. - Built by Henry . . . Map (db m214220) HM
72Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1731The Library Company Reported permanently removed
Benjamin Franklin and members of his discussion club buy the books for the first circulating library in America.Map (db m192840) HM
73Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1736First Volunteer Fire Co.
The Union Fire Company in Philadelphia is America's first active volunteer fire fighting company.Map (db m192852) HM
74Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1742First Puppet Show
The first recorded puppet show in America is staged in Philadelphia.Map (db m192847) HM
75Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1743First Learned Society
Scientific discussion and learning is promoted by the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin.Map (db m192838) HM
76Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1749A Revolutionary Institution — Founded by Benjamin Franklin —
As to their studies, it would be well if they could be taught every thing that is useful and every thing that is ornamental. But art is long and their time is short. It is therefore proposed that they learn those things that are . . . Map (db m214175) HM
77Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1751First Public Lighting
Philadelphia becomes the first city in America to provide its streets with public lightingMap (db m192815) HM
78Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1754First Editorial Cartoon
Benjamin Franklin draws America's first editorial cartoon, published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9.Map (db m192813) HM
79Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1754
This early version of the modern marine chronometer resolved the problem in navigation on determining longitude accurately. It increased the efficiency and safety of maritime trade and travel, which directly affected the prosperity of the port of . . . Map (db m192831) HM
80Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1761First Paved Street
A public lottery is organized to raise funds to pave Market (then High) Street.Map (db m192834) HM
81Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1766First Theater
America's first theater is established in Southwark.Map (db m192849) HM
82Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1767First Play
The Prince of Pathia, by Thomas Godey Jr., is the first play by an American performed in this country.Map (db m192841) HM
83Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1768First Mustard
Benjamin Jackson begins to manufacture the first mustard in America on Germantown Road.Map (db m192825) HM
84Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1776Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, is read for the first time in a crowd in front of the State House.Map (db m192811) HM
85Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1777First American Flag Reported damaged
Elizabeth Griscomb (Betsy) Ross creates the first american flag based on instructions from George Washington.Map (db m192822) HM
86Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1780First Abolition Act
Philadelphia becomes the first government in the world to legislate against slavery.Map (db m192853) HM
87Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1786
First SteamboatMap (db m192839) HM
88Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1792
First MintMap (db m192833) HM
89Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1793First Balloon Flight
Jean Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon flight in America, taking off from behind Independence Hall.Map (db m192818) HM
90Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1793First Circus
Master Rickett's Circus performs its enchanting wonders at Twelfth and Market Street.Map (db m192821) HM
91Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1794First Naval Yard
The first United States Naval Yard is built in South Philadelphia.Map (db m192835) HM
92Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1797
First BankMap (db m192846) HM
93Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1798First Waterworks
The first waterworks in America, designed by Benjamin Latrobe, pumps water from the Schuylkill river to the city's population.Map (db m192842) HM
94Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 17th & WalnutOn this block in the 1870s
A virtually traffic-free Walnut Street greeted passersby in 1865. The homes in this photo housed the city's wealthiest, most influential citizens. Rittenhouse Square can be seen in the center of the photo, with the tower of Holy Trinity Church . . . Map (db m191879) HM
95Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1804First Horseless Carriage
Philadelphia inventor Oliver Evans drives his Orukler Amphibolos, America's first steam driven car, up Market Street.Map (db m192814) HM
96Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1816First Savings Bank
The Philadelphia Savings Fund (PSFS) is the oldest savings bank in America.Map (db m192851) HM
97Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1832First Steam Locomotive
Matthias Baldwin builds America's first successful steam locomotive, nicknamed 'Old Ironsides.'Map (db m192832) HM
98Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1839First American Photograph
Joseph Saxon snaps the nation's first daguerreotype from the second floor window of the U.S. Mint.Map (db m192817) HM
99Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1840
Orukter Amphibolos, a steam-powered dredge, designed by Philadelphian Oliver Evans in 1834. It was used to dredge the banks of the Delaware River. G. Matter's Bird's Eye View of Philadelphia, 1840. Courtesy of the Free Library of . . . Map (db m192845) HM
100Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia — 1850
First BillfoldMap (db m192836) HM

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