One of the delights of driving on the Wissahickon was the stops at watering troughs. Young bodies develop growing pains if too long subjected to the decorous sitting-still proper to a Germantown wagon. We always climbed down while father allowed Don or Nellie to have a drink at any of the watering places along the drive.
-- The Wissahickon Hills, Cornelius Weygandt, 1930.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The Walnut Lane Bridge turns one hundred this year. When it was constructed at the turn of the last century, it transformed the neighborhoods of Roxborough and Germantown, making it possible to travel from one to the other in minutes rather than in a day. It was a world class undertaking in engineering, being the largest poured concrete structure in the world, as well as boasting one of the largest central arches. Germantown's Cliveden of the National Trust will host an exhibit later this year commemorating the anniversary of the bridge's completion.
H'm, this would look good as a beer label.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I took this photo at RittenhouseTown around 7:40 this morning, as the sun was just coming over the horizon.
I like the layers of history -- the buildings in the foreground date to the early 1700's, the castle-like looming structure in the foggy background is Auden Park, built in the 1920s, and in between (look closely), the blur of a car on Lincoln drive.