Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront
Town of Callowhill
As you pass Callowhill Street, look to your right to where I-95 crosses overhead.
Penn’s descendants, who owned much of the land in these parts, sold off lots to generate income. About 1768, Thomas Penn, one of William Penn’s sons, laid out a new village called "Callowhill" here. The town appealed to Quakers who wanted to get away from the congestion of Philadelphia.
Interstate 95 obliterated what had once been Callowhill. The center of town was exactly where Callowhill Street dips under the freeway. Not even a shadow of a trace of Callowhill exists today.
Keep going straight.