Schuylkill River Views
From Various Collections

For a long time I have wanted for a while to create a comprehensive overview of the Schuylkill
River for this website, but since the completion of that large task is nowhere in site, I hope this interim page prove useful and interesting.
Various maps of the Schuylkill River, including Fairmount Park, can
be found at the "MAPS" link to the left. L
inks to other Schuylkill-related pages can be found on the ARCHIVES index page.I have purposely avoided, here and elsewhere, including views of the
Fairmount Water Works, of which PWD has hundreds, dating back to the early 19th century.
Many of those images can be found on the PWD PastPerfect Online Catalogue.

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ABOVE: Girard Avenue Bridge over Schuylkill River, looking
south, from Appleton's Journal, 1868. (PWD)

BELOW: Industry between the Schuylkill Canal and the Schuylkill River, in
Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pa., ca. 1886. (PWD)
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The History of Philadelphia's Watersheds and Sewers

Compiled by Adam Levine
Historical Consultant
Philadelphia Water Department
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ABOVE: Wernwag Bridge over the Schuylkill River, view of South Gardens at Fairmount Water Works, ca. 1830. (Adam Levine)

BELOW: Wernwag Bridge over the Schuylkill River, with Farimount Water Works in background, ca. 1830. (Adam Levine)139 kb

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ABOVE: Looking north from the west bank of the Schuylkill at the site of the new South Street Bridge, 1876. Center City is in the background, behind the masts of the sailing ships crowding the wharfs on the riverfront. (Adam Levine).

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ABOVE: Pamphlet for the Pasteur-Chamberlain Filter Co., Dayton, Ohio, with map of Schuylkill River showing sources of pollution, including the 80,000 corpses in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
(College of Physicians, Flick Collection)

ABOVE: Wash Day in Philadelphia. Cartoon commentary on the inky blackness (from coal dust) of the Schuylkill water.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, March 13, 1899)

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ABOVE: Drawing showing construction of Schuylkill Expressway, from Nor'easter, publication of the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, March 1956. (Historical Society of Frankford)

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ABOVE: 1937 cartoon depicting the pollution of the the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. The City Father is shown scooping water into a cocktail shaker, which he will mix with chlorine to make "Schuylkill Punch." His customer wants no part of this concoction. (PWD)

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ABOVE: Engravings and article about Fairmount Water Works and ice-cutting on Schuylkill, Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, ca. 1855. (PWD)


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