This route explores the north central Philadelphia waterfront, focusing on what remains of this historic locale after the installation of Interstate I-95 in the 1970s, and relating (among other things) how early Quaker settlors lived in caves along the waterfront.
Keep in mind that this area was where wheeling and dealing went on to encourage local, regional and national enterprise. It was where early American capitalists made their fortunes. It was where the individual American colonies were crafted into a nation. And it was also where terrible urban contagions began.
Ben Franklin Bridge, Wood Street Steps
The start point is Christ Church in Old City Philadelphia, specifically at the wooden benches on the south side of church, on Church Street, near Second and Market Streets.
Places to stop along the way:
There are several places at which to take in the Delaware River (and waterfront activity) along the way, as well as stop for bite to eat and relax.
Best time of day:
Anytime during the daytime.
Be careful of traffic and crossing the streets. Make sure you bring a pair of headphones or earphones, as Interstate 95 and Delaware Avenue produce too much noise to do this tour using your phone speakers.
Come join an intrepid team of American investigative history street scourers as they voyage from one major American symbol to next: Liberty! Freedom! Prisons. Human rights abuses. Bad art. You think you know America? Well, wait til you see America.
This tour is Part 4 of a four-part eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike series that eliminates turnpike boredom. To access the rest of the series, just tap on my author profile.
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