More Phantoms of Fairmount Park

 

About this time of year, apparently, we start thinking again about Fairmount Park. In the past week, we’ve run Nicole Juday’s debut piece on the historic landscape around West Park’s Horticultural Center and Stephen Stofka’s trollop around Chamounix’s lost waterfall and lake.

Now, I’ve discovered more: April is “Phantoms of West Fairmount” month on Maskar Design’s Philadelphia atlas and calendar. Here are the lost treasures of the Centennial World’s Fair of 1876 and fun facts about the fair, including revenue ($4.8 million), admission charge ($.50), number of telegrams sent and received (158,111), and number of fornication arrests (1).

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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