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  • Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society - Philadelphia

    Memorials of the 21st Ward RMWHS has launched a new web section -- Memorials of the 21st Ward -- which provides a listing of the 8 memorials within our area and includes a photo gallery of each. Each memorial page will be expanded in the months and years to come as images and newspapers clippings (both new and historic) are added. ​If you would like to contribute an image or information for any of the memorials, please contact us . Also, if we have missed a public memorial within the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area, please let us know. ​ Each of the memorials is open to the public and all visitors (including service animals) are welcome. We remind all visitors to be respectful not only to the memorial and grounds, but of the others who may be there remembering loved ones lost, for whom these special places were created to honor. ​ ​Explore the Memorials of the 21st Ward. RMWHS thanks all who have served. Got Cell Photos? See submitted photos and image collections below RMWHS needs your help -- specifically we need cell photos that capture our neighborhoods as they are today. You may already have some on your phone that would be perfect to share with RMWHS. Whether you've captured a quiet moment at your favorite park, a sidewalk cafe filled with diners, a blizzard in Andorra, the flowering vines on a historic home, the radio tower repair team dangling from a helicopter over Domino Lane towers, or someone dressed giving tours along the Wissahickon -- RMWHS would love to see them. ​ If you have a photo that captures something special about our area, or a special moment in time in any of our neighborhoods, send it to RMWHSarchives@gmail.com . Photos shared with RMWHS will be consider image donations. Please include your full name and a few details about the photo -- such as a street or event name especially if it is not obvious -- so we can put a description on the photo. (Mouse over the photos below to see examples.) Keep in mind these should be photos you have taken -- not ones someone else took that you are passing along. Any age is welcome to submit photos. All photos shared will be considered an image donation. ​ There is no "deadline" on this request. RMWHS is always interested in images of the 21st Ward -- new or old. All photos are reviewed by RMWHS archivists to ensure they are appropriate for display and incorporation into the permanent RMWHS Image Collection. ​ Your photos can become a part of our collection -- your photos can become part of our local history. ​ Photos received will be posted below. We will update the gallery as more photos come in. Keep checking back! ​ Email your photos or scans to RMWHS. The Blair Family Collection Special thanks to the Blair Family for donating +30 images taken between 1890 and 1910. To see the full collection, visit the RMWHS Archive. Mouse over to pause slideshow Click on image to enlarge Falls on Wissahickon Creek at Livezy's on Christmas Day 1898 Devil's Pool at Wissahickon Creek taken Christmas Day 1898 Spanish American War Vets parade up Roxborough Ave by Freeland Ave in 1898 Salvation Army on Roxborough Avenue Unidentified house in Manayunk/Roxborough Manayunk Trolley Train Bridge over Wissahickon Falls Blue Stone Bridge over Wissahickon Creek Local House: 1906 & 2014 Thanks to Paul Ricker for snapping a new image of this 1906 photo of 566 Jamestown (before it was a twin) and sharing it with us. We've paired the 1906 image with a Google Maps image so you can see it as it stands today. Images of the 21st Ward - Submitted in 2022 New Photos Added December 1 Mouse over image for details / Click to enlarge Load More 2022 Independence Day Parade Memorial Day 2022: Remembering the Words of John A. Logan Hurricane Ida vs The Great Freshet of 1869 Ridge Avenue Roxborough Historic District Discover Historical Maps 1304 Steps of Our Town

  • Memorials of the 21st Ward

    Veterans Day 2022 brought the launch of RMWHS's "Memorials of the 21st Ward" which provides a page dedicated to each of the 8 memorials within the 21st Ward. Each memorial page will be expanded in the months and years to come as both old and new images and newspapers clippings are added as well as a history of the memorial. ​ ​If you would like to contribute an image or information for any of the memorials, please contact us . Also, if we have missed a public memorial within the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area, please let us know. Memorials of the 21st Ward RMWHS reminds all visitors to be respectful not only to the memorial and the grounds, but also of the others who may be there remembering loved ones lost, for whom these special places were created to honor. 21st Ward War Memorial (Gorgas Park) Learn More Civil War Soldier Memorial (Leverington Cemetery) Learn More Korean & Vietnam War Memorial (Hattal-Taylor VFW) Learn More Old Glory Memorial (Germany Hill) Learn More Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (Leverington Cemetery) Learn More Shawmont Roll of Honor Memorial (Shawmont & Nixon) Learn More WWI & WWII Memorial (Hattal-Taylor VFW) Learn More Wissahickon War Memorial (Sumac St & Rochelle Ave) Learn More

  • Historical Maps 1861

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1861-1865 - Civil War Military Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.cw0358100 Full Name: Military map of Philadelphia 1861-1865 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1869

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1869 - Survey of Wissahickon Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/65525 Full Name: Map of the Survey of Wissahickon Creek from its Mouth to Paul's Mill Road Defining Boundaries of Land Appropriated by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park, ca. 1869, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1847

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1847 - Phila & 10 Miles Around Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/42118 Full Name: Map of the Circuit of Ten Miles Around the City of Philadelphia, 1847, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1753

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1753 - Phila & Adjacent Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.ar130600 Full Name: A map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1843

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1843 - Phila County Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3824p.la000784b/ Full Name: A map of the county of Philadelphia : from actual survey Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1681

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1681 - Province of PA Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division https://www.loc.gov/item/2006625100/ Full Name: A map of the improved part of the Province of Pennsilvania in America: begun by Wil. Penn, Proprietary & Governour thereof anno 1681 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1876

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1876 - Fairmount Park Int'l Exhibit Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/52583 Full Name: Fairmount Park International Exhibition: Philadelphia, 1876, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1816

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1816 - Phila County Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.la000783 Full Name: Map of Philadelphia County : constructed by virtue of an act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania passed 19th March 1816 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1982

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1982 - Manayunk Canal (Part 1) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/48041 Full Name: Manayunk Canal, 1982, Map 1 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1863

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1863 - Military Reconnaissance Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.cw0358250 Full Name: Map of a reconnaissance of the approaches to Philadelphia showing the positions and lines of defence on the north front of the city Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1862

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1862 - Atlas of Phila (Manayunk) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/12336 Full Name: Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, 1862, Section 22 [Manayunk] Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1752

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1752 - Phila & Adjacent Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.ct000294 Full Name: A map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent : with a perspective view of the State-House Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1982

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1982 - Manayunk Canal (Part 2) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/48042 Full Name: Manayunk Canal, 1982, Map 2 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1939 - Gorgas Park

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1939 - Gorgas Park Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/52663 Full Name: Gorgas Park, 1939, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1854 - Consolidated Phila Wards

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1854 - Consolidated Phila Wards Source: URL: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3824p.ct008335 Full Name: An outline of the newly consolidated city, showing the boundaries of the wards : according to the act passed by the Legislature, Jany. 31st, 1854 Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1862

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1862 - Atlas of Phila (NW) Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/12334 Full Name: Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, 1862, Section 20 [Northwest] Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • Historical Maps 1855

    < Previous > Back to Historical Map List < Next > 1855 - Consolidated City of Phila Source: URL: Free Library of Philadelphia https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/11728 Full Name: New Map of the Consolidated City of Philadelphia, 1855, Map Visit the source URL to use zoom features, find additional formats, or download a high quality image.

  • RMWHS | Details on Historic Banner Images

    RMWHS Website Banner Images The changing images in the RMWHS website have generated questions -- Who is in that photo? What building is that? When was the photo taken and where? And the most common question: How can I stop the images from changing so I can study them better? ​ To address the questions, the individual images have been provided below with some details and a few links to help you discover more about the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area. If you have more questions about the images, contact us. Likewise, if you can identify any of the faces in the group shots, please contact us. ​​ Image Donations RMWHS can scan your images and you keep the originals. ​Shawmont Station is the oldest surviving passenger train station in America. ​ Built in the 1830s, the station was in use until 1991 and is currently owned by SEPTA. While Shawmont Station is in poor condition, funds have been set aside for the restoration of the building. For more on the history & preservation, visit: Preservation Alliance Hidden City John Johnstone's History Blog ​ ​ ​Valley Green Inn , built in 1850, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the area as photos of it grace many local interest and travel sites. Originally it was named Edward Rinker's Temperance Tavern after the man who built it in 1850. Today, Valley Green is one of the last remaining roadhouses and taverns that had once dotted the banks of the Wissahickon in the 19th Century. ​ Pencoyd Iron Works 1884 - This photo was donated by the family of George Maurice Miller (Miller is standing on far left in a short hat with beard and mustache). ​ Born in 1864, Miller graduated from Lehigh University at the age of 16 in 1880. He was approximately 20 years old in this photograph. Miller was said to have been a very hard worker. ​ On November 14, 1900, he purchased the building near the intersection of Ridge, Righter & Hermit from the Adams family to live in. The house had formerly served as a City Poor House. This image of the ​Schuylkill Bridge was taken during construction in May 1925. It is one image in a series currently on display in the RMWHS Archive. ​ Other photos in the series include the stripping beam forms, removing the centers, the underside of the bridge, and a group shot of the construction crew and other team members. The crew shot is a particular favorite of visitors to the Archive for the clarity of the image, range of expressions, and the playfulness of one prankster in the group. The Rag Girls at Hamilton Paper Mill were responsible for sorting old clothing, sailcloth, ropes and other bits of discarded fibrous materials that were used in the production of paper. The sorting of these "rags" directly determined the type and quality of paper that was made in any given batch. It was a dirty and sometimes dangerous job as the materials sorted could carry germs, disease, and pests. ​ Can you identify anyone in this photo? If so, please let us know. This Restaurant was located at 4147-49 Main Street Manayunk which became the New Umbria Baptist Church following the church's move from Umbria to Main Street several decades ago. While the brick front was refaced with white stucco long ago, the distinct arched window and door openings remain to this day as does the keystone accent featured at the top of each rounded arch. ​ The Roxborough Reservoir Preserve (formerly Upper Roxborough Water Reservoir) on Port Royal and Lare provided this most tranquil view in March 2020. The 35-acre water basin was created in the 1880s to supply water to the growing Roxborough population but today is a nature preserve and part of our city's park system. A trail circles the preserve and is enjoyed regularly by walkers, bikers, birdwatchers, and photographers alike. ​ To learn more about the history and the transformation, see the RDC's 2019 news story: Roxborough Reservoir Preserve is One of Philadelphia’s Hidden Gems . ​This image of the Main Street Market in Manayunk is dated to the 1920s as was determined by the bags of salt located behind the clerk. This particular brand only used that label in the early 1920s. Little else is known about this market, the clerk, or the reason he posed for the photo. ​ Like the image below, the section shown here accounts for less than 1/4 of the original photograph. It was cropped tightly on the clerk and counter to allow us to show the detail of the scan. The full-size scan allowed archivists to study the products on the shelves and estimate the date the image was taken. ​Chas. E. Lentz Garage was located at 6655 Ridge Avenue. This image is only a small part of the original photo and accounts for about 1/4th of the overall image. The full photo shows cars parked along Ridge Ave on the left. And to the right, much of the house is visible. However, like the photo above, the the drastic cropping of the original image was necessary to highlight the details. In fact, the scan of this image is such a high quality, the bolts on the wheels are visible when it is viewed at full size. ​The William Levering School was built as a one room school house in 1748 and named for the man who donated the land. The first school was built of logs and was used not only for a school, but also for a church and political meetings. The school expanded and was rebuilt a number of times, but William Levering School was finally closed in 2013, after 265 years of educating the children of our community. ​ Can you identify anyone in this photo? If so, please let us know. We appreciate your feedback. Contact us. ​ ​