Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront
Pegg's Run and New Homes
The owners of new homes along Front Street probably don't know that this area was once swampland, with a slow-moving stream meandering through it. The stream was originally called the “Cohoquinoque” by local Native Americans, and was later known as Pegg’s Run.
Farmers would transport their produce and animals on this stream toward the Delaware River in order to get to Philadelphia markets. In addition, rowers could make their way far upstream. Young people had many romantic moonlit nights paddling the length of Pegg’s Run.
Later, industries set up alongside the stream and discharged their waste directly into Pegg’s Run for outflow to the Delaware. The creek became tremendously polluted by the late eighteenth century. Public outcry demanded that it be covered over and turned into a sewer, which happened in stages in the early 1800s.
The sewer still flows to the Delaware under Pier 25.
Keep going straight, and I'll catch up with you further along Front Street.