Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront
Reading RR facilities (former) and Cavanaugh's River Deck
The Reading Railroad owned Piers 24, 25 and 27 North, the group of piers to your right and up ahead. The piers could process sixty-five rail cars of cargo a day, and about five hundred men worked on them in the early 1900s.
Today, Cavanaugh’s River Deck, serving food and drink, is on Pier 25, which you're passing now.
But historically, The Reading leased these piers. Pier 24 was leased to the Allan Steamship Company, which operated steamers for freight and passenger traffic between Philadelphia and St. Johns, Halifax, Glasgow and Liverpool. Pier 25 was hired by the Philadelphia Transatlantic Line and the Bull Line, both of which ran steamers for freight to London and Scotland. Pier 27 was rented out to the Holland America and the Scandinavian lines for shipping freight to Rotterdam and Copenhagen.
Keep going straight. We're going to keep walking along the river for a little while longer.