Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront

    Harry profpic 200x200
    25 Jan 2016
    Clock 55min      Length2mi
    Rating
    2 ratings
    Share

    Festival Pier and Reading Railroad

    Pay wave

    The parking lots on your right are Piers 24 and 27. Together, they make up Festival Pier. Keep going past it and I'll tell you a bit about it's history.

    The Reading Railroad’s one-time rail yard was on the left, across Columbus Blvd. It is now a land bank hosting a self-storage firm.

    Freight traffic diminished for the railroad in the 1950s and had stopped completely by the 1970s. A fire destroyed Pier 27 in the morning of August 31st, 1972. Firefighters, some on fireboats, worked hard to prevent the blaze from spreading to Piers 25 and 24. They succeeded, but Pier 24 itself burned less than a year later. A dazzling inferno ripped though it on July 7, 1973, leaving the place fully leveled. Arson was suspected in both cases.

    Today, Festival Pier is a recreational venue where music concerts and other entertainment events are held.

Similar Audio Tours in Philadelphia

Philadeplphia prison tour

Heart of America: Philadelphia Prison Tour

Distance 0.5mi
Duration 20min
4 ratings

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.


Volicon
Locicon 561-599 Ches...
Sarah miduski
by Sarah Miduski in Philadelphia
27 Sep 2017
The thinker

Art and Controversy in Philadelphia

Distance 1mi
Duration 30min
1 rating

Eccentric artists, secret art sales, angry film fans, and trustee deceit, Philadelphia's art scene, is filled with contention. This Philadelphia walk goes beyond the Liberty Bell, The Constitution, and cheesesteaks, to explore some of... More»