Bridging National Divides In Northeast Philadelphia

 

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Pennypack Creek (aka Frank­ford Ave) Bridge, April, 2012 | Photo: Fred Moore

Pennypack Creek (aka Frank­ford Ave) Bridge, April, 2012 | Photo: Fred Moore

  • How does one get heritage tourists to make the trek up I-95 to visit the Northeast’s historical sites? According to an Inquirer piece this morning, you don’t. You get them thinking abstractly, connecting Northeast Philadelphia to the King’s Highway (to the local, Frankford Ave), and connecting the Highway to the history of the United States. And that shouldn’t be hard to do, seeing as the few miles of that intercolonial roadway that run through Northeast Philadelphia provided the setting for, among other things: the oldest surviving road bridge in America; the woefully under-appreciated Frankford Advice (an indispensable tidbit by which to comprehend the Civil War’s approach), as well as the marching route for the French on their way to ensure American autonomy on Virginia’s York peninsula. “It’s almost like a battlefield, muses Debbie Klak of the Frankford Historical Society. “Plain ground, but a big story behind it.”

 

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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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