Philadelphia Highlights






The Philadelphia Museum of Art in on of the largest museums in the United Sates and attracts visitors from around the world.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art was established in 1875.  You may not know this, but the original reason for the construction of the art museum was to house the Centennial Exposition of 1876.  Now owned by the City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art building architecture was influenced after a Greek temple.  It was opened in 1928.  Over the years the Museum has saw many impressive and extraordinary collections including world renowned artists. 


Driving to and from Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River you’ll find a Philadelphia landmark, Boathouse Row.  Boathouse Row is a series of Victorian inspired structures that light up with brilliant colors at night.  The concept resembles Christmas lights, except these lights are on all year round.  The 10 clubs represented at boathouse row were the start of the nation’s oldest amateur athletic association.  The individual rowing clubs meet and compete in regattas and races, some of the biggest falling between the months of May and July.  Boathouse Row is not just a symbol of Philadelphia, it’s a national historic landmark.


One of our Nations and for that the world’s most extraordinary human beings is Benjamin Franklin.  Ben Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706.  Over his lifetime, Ben Franklin was a printer, librarian, inventor, writer, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist and statesman.  Ben Franklin was one of the most influential persons of his time.  He invented bifocals, founded electricity, catheter, Franklin Stove, lighting rod, and the odometer.  Some discoveries you may not know Ben founded include daylight savings time, fire department, fire insurance company, charting the Gulf Stream, and the first political cartoon! 


Center City Philadelphia is where you can find it all.  Contained within this established BID (Business Improvement District) you’ll find an assortment of arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and of course dining.  Center City is the nations fourth largest metropolitan area.  City Hall, built in 1871, is the largest city hall in America and also claims the title of the tallest building constructed without a steel skeleton.  Atop City Hall we find a statue of William Penn, the largest statue in the world to reside atop a building.


Philadelphia is home to several prestigious colleges and universities including the University of Pennsylvania.  The University of Pennsylvania is an historic Ivy League school confined within the every changing City of Philadelphia.  Who founded the University of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin of course.  His vision of a school was presented in 1749 in a pamphlet titles Proposals for the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania.  This concept would deviate from the normal practices of a colleges focus on the clergy.  Holding the honor of being one of America’s first Universities, Penn continues its world-renowned excellence more than 250 years after its founding.


Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Sciences, and Industry.  It became the status of a university in 1970.  You may now know it but the Drexel University of Medicine is the nation’s largest private medical school. 


Another well known University in Philadelphia is Temple University.  Temple University ranks among the nations 30th largest Universities.  Temple University was founded by Russell H. Conwell.  Temple University teaches students in Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Dentistry, and a renowned Health Sciences Center. 


The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


The Walt Whitman Bridge spans over the Delaware River between South Philadelphia and Gloucester City, NJ.  The bridge, named after the nineteenth-century poet Walt Whitman, was constructed during the 1950’s.  The bridge spans 11,981 feet with the main span stretching 2000 feet over the Delaware River.  Today, the bridge is traveled by some 100,000 vehicles each day. 


Commodore John Barry, born in Philadelphia, became one of the Navy’s most honored persons.  In his 58 years, the son of a poor Irish farmer advanced through the tanks to senior commander of the entire United States fleet.  His first command came in 1766 aboard the schooner, Barbadoes, sailing from Philadelphia.  Barry’s role increased through the Revolutionary War.  Barry was a burly looking man at a towering 6’4” and well-built.  Barry was involved throughout the Revolutionary War till the last batter, in which he engaged the British.  On February 22, 1797, President George Washington called Barry to his mansion in Philadelphia to receive Commission Number One in the Navy which was dated June 4, 1794.  Barry is often called the “father of the Navy.”


The Tacony-Palmyra Bridge got it’s name from the two ferries (the “Tacony” and the “Palmyra”) originally constructed to cross the Delaware River.  The ferries were a big success.  In August 1926, one month after the new Benjamin Franklin Bridge opened to traffic, the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Company was established.  Test borings took place in October of 1926 with construction beginning in 1928.  Nine piers make up the substructure of the bridge while three piers support the steel arch.  On August 14, 1929 the Tacony-Palmyra bridge officially opened. 


The Burlington-Bristol Bridge spans between the industrial towns of Bristol and Burlington.  Construction on the bridge begun in April 1, 1930.  This bridge was designed with a modern vertical lift span which provides a clearance of 138 feet with lifted.  The lifting mechanism is propelled by two 80-horsepower electric motors.  The bridge opened to traffic on May 1, 1931, only 13 months after construction began.  Today, the bridge carries approximately 25,000 vehicles a day and is pathway across the Delaware River on US 13 on the Pennsylvania side and US 130 on the New Jersey side.


SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority provides public transportation service in Philadelphia.  In Fact, SEPTA provides service to Philadelphia’s surrounding communities including the Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.  Limited service is offered in New Jersey and Delaware.  SEPTA service area includes 2,200 square miles with over 299 million passengers accommodated per year.  A quick fact, SEPTA is a considered one of two multi-modal transit properties in the nation with bus, subway, high speed rail, trackless trolley, regional rail and para transit services offered to its passengers.


If transportation to and from Philadelphia is what you are looking for, Amtrak may be your answer.  Amtrak provides service to more than 500 stations in 46 states on the nation.  Philadelphia is one such station with over 3.6 million served.  The name “Amtrak” is a combination of mixing the words “American” and “track.”  The railroad’s official name is the National Railroad passenger Corporation.  Amtrak boasts the title of the fastest train in North America, the Acela Express, which travels at a normal speed of 120 mph.   A fast fact for Amtrak, since it’s beginning, even-numbered trains travel north and east.  Odd-numbered trains travel south and west. 


The Reading Terminal Market is Philadelphia’s historic farmers market.  Here you’ll fine fresh produce, meats, seafood, and poultry.  A perfect place to grab a quick lunch and to experience a little piece of Philadelphia history.  Also featured at the Reading Terminal market is hand-made pottery, jewelry, and crafts from all corners of the world.  In the 1880s and 1890s open air markets began to come indoors.  In 1889 the Reading Railroad drafted plans to build a state-of-the-art train shed in Philadelphia and the Reading Terminal Market was opened in 1892 with approximately 78,000 square feet.



Greyhound buses are one of the most safest mode of transportation in the United States as according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  The fleet of buses operated under Greyhound include nearly 1,500 buses , of which Philadelphia and surrounding communities are among the locations of Greyhound’s bus terminals.  Greyhound serves more than 1,700 destinations in the United States.


Traveling to Philadelphia via train, well you’ll most likely find yourself at 30th street station in Philadelphia.  30th Street station can be found on the National Register of Historic Places.    This 8-story building was built in 1934 and now houses the corporate offices for Amtrak.  30th Street Station boasts the title of the largest existing and second most active railway station in America.  30th Street Station is located on Market Street between 29th Street and 30th Street. 


69th Street terminal is located at Market and 69th Streets in Upper Darby, near Philadelphia.  This train station is a SEPTA Terminal serving Philadelphia and surrounding communities.  In and around this busy terminal you’ll find housing, bars, restaurants, commercial and retail shops and the Tower Theatre, a concert venue.


Philadelphia’s Suburban Station was opened in 1929 by Pennsylvania Railroad.  Today, over 100,000 commuters pass through the Station each day.  By the summer of 2006, SEPTA hopes the 63 million makeover of Suburban Station will be complete. 


Market East Station is an underground commuter rail station located on Market Street between 9th and 12th Street in downtown Philadelphia.  This station, services by SEPTA, is one of three major rail commuter station in Philadelphia.  The Station plays an important role in the “Gallery at Market East.”  These shops were built in the 1970 and early 1980’s as part of a Urban renewal project.  This station spans three city blocks.


If you choose to fly to and from Philadelphia, you’ll come through Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  Here you’ll have you choice of flying with: Air Jamaica, Air Canada, Air France, Air Tan Airways, American West, American Eagle, American Airlines, British Airways, Charter, Continental, Continental Express, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Lufthansa, Midwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways (Int’l) US Airways Express, USA 3000, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.  The Philadelphia Airport got its start in the 1920’s when 125 acres of land was designated to suit the purpose of an airport.  Today, the Philadelphia International Airport has a staggering 2.4 million square feet and serves 28 million passengers annually.


The Delaware River begins at the western slopes of the Catskill Mountains in eastern New York.  The Delaware River is the major river that runs through the city of Philadelphia.  One of it’s tributaries includes the Schuylkill River.  The Delaware River is famous for the crossing of George Washington and his troops on December 25, 1776 at the Battle of Trenton.  Today, the Delaware River is a source of hydroelectric power and is a source for many outdoor recreational activities and sports. 


The Schuylkill River is the largest tributary in the Delaware River Basin.  The Schuylkill River spans over 130 miles from it’s headwaters in Schuylkill County to the City if Philadelphia.  The Delaware Indians were the original permanent settlers in the area.  The river was named Schuylkill “hidden river” in Dutch by its discoverer Arendt Crossen of the Dutch West India Company. 


The Schuylkill River Regatta is a race that is held one a year by various canoe clubs.  The races begin at Berne Bridge (just south of Hamburg) and conclude at Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Launch site (just north of Reading).  Rowers encounter various depths and speeds of river flows during their journey.  Actually, different classes of competition are available depending on the type and ability of the team. 


Philadelphia is home to some spectacular restaurants, which you can visit on your stay in the City.  These restaurants include: Le Bec-Fin, Moshulu, Devon Seafood Grill, EverMay on the Delaware, Vesuvio Restaurant and Bar, Positano Coast, Rembrandt’s, Bliss, Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar, Rose Tattoo Café, and Paradgim.  Whatever your forte is, Philadelphia is sure to have what you are looking for.


The Philadelphia cheese steak is famous for it’s sandwich chipped steak that is grilled to perfection.  Of course the Philadelphia cheese steak is not complete without the Philadelphia roll – long and thin, not fluffy or soft.  The Philadelphia cheese steak goes back to the 1930’s when Pat Oliver had a steak that he couldn’t cook on the grill, so he sliced it thin and cooked it with onions and placed it on a roll.  It was about 20 years later that cheese was added to give the sandwich some taste and that’s how we got the famous Philadelphia cheese steak. 


Society Hill Philadelphia is a neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia which is generally between the streets of Walnut, Lombard, Front and 8th Streets.  This area is known for the home to the largest concentration of original 18th and 19th century architecture in the United States.  Included in the many historic building of Society Hill is the famous Society Hill Synagogue, originally constructed in 1829 by the Philadelphia architect Thomas Walter. 


Penn’s Landing is located along the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia.  The 10 blocks from Vine Street to South Street includes the location where Philadelphia’s founder, William Penn, first arrived in Philadelphia.  The area became Philadelphia’s maritime center and the commercial district of the thriving City.  Today Penn’s Landing is busy with activity as pedestrians, motorists, bikers, and tourists travel the area and visit the many stores and restaurants in and around Penn’s Landing.


The Philadelphia Flower Show is held one a year and hosted by The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society.  This show is the largest indoor flower show in the world.  It actually holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running horticulture show and the earliest documented horticultural show.  The Philadelphia Flower Show presents outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the designs and presentations hosted at this show.  Many come from all over the nation and the world to see this spectacular display of color and designs. 


The Philadelphia International Auto Show is an annual event held at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Arch Street in the City of Philadelphia.  At this show you’ll find more than 700 classic, luxury, and exotic vehicles.  The event, sponsored by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia is usually held in the January-February timeframe. 


The Philadelphia Boat expo is held annually at the Philadelphia Convention Center in the City of Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia Boat show is held annually and consists of boats from more than 15 dealers.  All boats, including runabouts, saltwater fishing, inflatables, ski boats, deck boats, pontoon boats, jet boats, personal water craft, yachts, and more are available for purchase.  Dealers often offer incentives or “boat show only” pricing. 


There are several neighborhoods in Philadelphia:  The Belmont section of Philadelphia is located west from the Schuylkill River along Parkside Avenue and north to City Avenue.  It was named after the 1754 Peters family house in Fairmount Park.  The Bristol section of Philadelphia is actually one of the original townships of Philadelphia and is bounded by Cheltenham Avenue, Ivy Hill Road, Stenton Avenue, Wister Street, Wingohocking and Tacony Creeks.  The Cedarbrook section pf Philadelphia is located in the area of Wadsworth Avenue, Stenton to Cheltenham Avenues.  Center City is located between the Schuylkill to Delaware Rivers, Vine to South Streets.  The Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia is located between Northwestern Avenue to Cresheim Creek, Forbidden Drive to Stenton Avenue.  Chinatown is located from Arch Street to Vine Streets, from 8th to 11th Streets.  The East Falls section of Philadelphia is located along the Schuylkill River about 2 miles south of the mouth of the Wissahickon Creek.  The East Germantown section is bounded between Stenton Avenue near Chelten Avenue and Wister Street.  The Fairmount section of Philadelphia is next to the historic Art Museum.  It is located just west of Broad Street between Girard Avenue and Spring Garden Streets.  The Fishtown section of Philadelphia is located along the Delaware River below the Kensington Section.  The Germantown section of Philadelphia is located along East Falls, Mount Airy, West Oak Lane, and Logan.  This section originally was consisted of all of northwest Philadelphia, northeast of Wissahickon Avenue.  The Kensington Section of Philadelphia is located from the Delaware River to Front Street.  This section was named after an English sea captain.  The Logan Circle section of Philadelphia is located along the Schuylkill River near Broad Street from Market Street to Spring Garden Street.  The Manayunk Section of Philadelphia is located north of the Schuylkill River upstream from the Wissahickon Creek.  The name means “where to go to drink” in Native terms.  The Mayfair Section of Philadelphia extends from Cottman and Frankford Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard.  The Nicetown section of Philadelphia is comprised of Wingohocking Street, Broad Street, Roosevelt Boulevard, Germantown Avenue, Luzerne Street, Hunting Park Avenue, Pulaski Avenue and Tabor Branch of the old Reading Railroad.  North Philadelphia is the majority of the area north of Center City and South of the Logan Section.  The Northeast Section of Philadelphia is located between Shackamaxon and the Bucks County line.  The northwest section of Philadelphia is located northwest of Roosevelt Boulevard, Stenton Avenue and Wister Street to Stenton Avenue.  The Olney section of Philadelphia is in the vicinity of 5th and Chew Streets, west of the railroad tracks to Fox Chase and east of Melrose Park.  The Pemberton Section of Philadelphia is located between 21st, Brainbridge, 22nd, and Pemberton Streets. 


Rocky III is the third Rocky movie in a series of features staring Sylvester Stallone.  Portions of this movie take place atop the famous Philadelphia Art Museum steps.  It was these steps that “Rocky” climbed in what appears to be an impossible task.  Once “Rocky” reached to top, he jumped up and down waiving his hands in the air.  In 1983 three statues were placed at the top of the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps for the filming of Rocky III.   Today, one of these statues can be found in front of the Wachovia Spectrum in South Philadelphia.


The Philadelphia Mummer’s Parade is like no other.  A tradition that dates back over a century, the Philadelphia Mummer’s Parade exhibits over 15,000 Philadelphia Mummers who “strut their stuff.”  Based within this parade is the tradition of spirit, pride, good and bad looks, and a cultural tradition experienced and practiced by all ages.  This event if the culmination of a year long planning process what ends in a spectacular parade on New Years Day.  Their performance if a timeless memory that will live on for years to come. 


On of the many attractions to see in Philadelphia during the summer time are the 4th of July fireworks.  These fireworks light up the sky every 4th of July in Philadelphia.  Views come from miles around to catch a glimpse of the brilliant light spectacular.  The fireworks are launched at Penn’s Landing, where they can be viewed from many restaurants and across the river in Camden N.J.


The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia is home to Philadelphia’s National Hockey League the Philadelphia Flyers.  Constructed in 1988, the state of the art facility served at the home for the Philadelphia flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers.  Originally named the CoreStates Center, the Wachovia Center now is visited by faithful fans and travelers alike to see their favorite Philly team compete in the City of Brotherly Love.


Lincoln Financial Field is home to the Philadelphia Eagles.  Construction begun on May 7, 2001 and took 28 months to complete.  Today, this stadium is used for various events and venues.  At a cost of $512 million dollars, this state of the art 68,532 seat stadium bring you close to the action.  The inaugural game took place on September 8th and featured the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Lincoln Financial Field is home to the 2004 NFC Champion Eagles.


Citizens Bank Park is home to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Located in South Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park is situated on a 21 acre site just north of Pattison Avenue between Citizens Bank way and Darien Street.  Located within Citizens Bank Park is Ashburn Alley, the outfield entertainment area which stretched 625 feet in length and encompasses over 50,000 square feet.  One noticeable façade item is the open main concourse (360 degrees) that is easily accessible to fans.  One can also view the field from street level.  Finally, when enjoying a game, you’ll notice the open outfield which provides a spectacular view of the Center City Skyline.


At Fairmount Park in Philadelphia there’s a trail, walkway, bike path, and even a river for your enjoyment.  There are roughly 215 miles of scenic recreation trails in the Park itself.  Included in the trail system at Fairmount Park is the Schuylkill River Trail stretching for about 25 miles through the Park and downtown Philadelphia.  Fairmount Park offers over 8,500 acres of trees, flowers, trails, and the Mann Music Center.  Fairmount Park has much to offer every person regardless of age or fitness.  Stop by and see one of Philadelphia’s landmark, the famous boathouse row!


 Rittenhouse Square, originally called Southwest square for it’s location and one of five open-space parks planned by William Penn in the 17th century, is named after David Rittenhouse.  Today, the landscape of this park setting includes many trees and gardens.  Surrounding Rittenhouse Square are many fine restaurants, shops, apartments, and hotels.  The name Rittenhouse Square also encompasses the neighborhood surrounding the square. 


Betsy Ross is the fabricator of the American symbol for freedom, liberty, and price, the American Flag.  Betsy Ross was born on News Years Day, 1752.  Named Elizabeth Griscom, she was one of seventeen children.  In 1773 she met John Ross and were later married.  Betsy Ross was chosen by George Washington to design a national flag.  Originally, the flag was to be designed with a six-point star but Betsy suggested a five-point star.  This concept was quickly shot down but was later approved based on the ease at which the five-point star could be made.  The stars and stripes design was adopted by Congress in 1777.  Betsy Ross died in 1836.


Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, was born in Culpeper, Virginia.  Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis begun the promotion of a day to honor all mothers, Mothers Day.  To do this, she begun to organize meetings of mothers of solders of both sides of the American Civil War.  Her daughter, Ann Marie Jarvis was born in West Virginia.  Following her mothers death, Ann Marie Jarvis continues her mother’s well wishes and begun a quest to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday.  This quest became reality in the year 1914 when Mother’s Day began as a nationally recognized holiday.  Sadly enough, Ann Marie Jarvis fought the commercialization of the holiday and spent the rest of her life campaigning against the holiday and died in West Chester, PA.  Quoted is her New York Times obituary, Ann Marie Jarvis was against sons/daughters sending their mothers a printed greeting card as she considered it “a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write.”


The Declaration of Independence was signed at Independence Hall on July 4, 1776.  On this document which was signed by 56 signatures.  The largest and most noticeable signatures is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress.  The youngest signature is Edward Rutledge (age 26) with the oldest being Ben Franklin (age 70).  Two future Presidents signed, John Adams, the Nation’s second president and Thomas Jefferson, the Nation’s third President.  The Declaration of Independence, the “unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, is housed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.


The United Sates Constitution was actually drafted in the same location as the Declaration of Independence.  The US Constitution was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788.  Prepared in secrecy, the document is one of the oldest and shortest national constitutions.  39 delegates signed the Constitution at the Constitutional Convention.  The first ten amendments to the US Constitution were named The Bill of Rights.  “Thanksgiving Day” was actually established in November 26, 1789 by George Washington to “give thanks” for the Constitution.  There have been twenty seven amendments to the Constitution, all of which are required to be ratified by the states.  You can see the original Constitution at the National Archives in Washington, DC. 


The Liberty Bell originally run from the top of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  The Liberty Bell gets its name from “proclaiming liberty.”  The Liberty Bell rung on July 8, 1776 for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Inscribed on the Bell is the quotation “By Order of the Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania for the State House in Philada.”  The spelling of “Pensylvania” is not an error.  In the original Constitution, the name of the State is also spelled “Pensylvania.”  The Bell actually arrived in Philadelphia in September 1752 and hung on March 10, 1773.  There is some disagreement about when the first crack appeared on the Bell.  The expansion of the crack occurred on Washington’s Birthday in 1846 and resulted in the bell being unringable. 


The Philadelphia cheese steak was invented in the 1930’s by an Italian immigrant trying to boost business.  One day, Pat Olivieri cooked a slices of steak on the grill and added some onions for flavor.  The steak was intended for him, but was quickly bought by a passing cab driver who smelled the good cooking.  Of course word spread and business began to pick-up. 


The Philadelphia soft pretzel came to Philadelphia by the Germans.  Today, you’ll find many vendors who sell Philadelphia soft pretzels, but which are the best?  To determine the best pretzel, there are several factors to consider.  First, the best place to find a soft pretzel is the “mom and Pop” shops around Philadelphia.  Some bring their business to the outdoors on street corners and at busy intersections.  The best soft pretzels are soft and chewy, not hard and brittle.  The right amount of salt can determine a good pretzel from a bad pretzel.  Make sure your pretzel is delivered to you in a paper bag and not wrapped in plastic.  Lastly, a good Philadelphia soft pretzel vendor will have a mustard container nearby for those who like some flavor on their pretzels.


Philadelphia radio stations come in all shapes and sizes.  From the small to the large, there’s a tune waiting to be heard.  Philadelphia is home to some fabulous radio stations both am and fm.  Some of these stations include WPEN 950 am, Classic 102.9 fm, 95.7 fm, 93.3 WMMR Rocks fm, B 101.1 soft hits fm, WOGL Oldies 98.1 fm, Q102 fm, 94.1 WYSP fm, Y 100 fm, and KYW News Radio 1060 am.  All these stations provide the hits of today and yesterday.  If you need a quick weather update or traffic update, there’s a station for you.  Even catch the news on your visit.  Whatever the music you’ll need to make you visit to Philadelphia more comfortable, Philadelphia’s radios stations have it.


On your visit to Philadelphia you’ll have plenty of TV stations to choose from.  Because of the selection, you most likely won’t miss you favorite TV show.  KYW Channel 3 (CBS),  WPVI Channel 6 (ABC), WCAU Channel 10 (NBC), WHYY Channel 12 (PBS), WPHL Channel 17 (WB), WTFX Channel 29 (FOX), WPSG Channel 57 (UPN) all provide news, sports, and daily programs.  In Philadelphia you’ll get local and national news, Philadelphia professional sports, and all your favorite programs. 


The Philadelphia Police Department – honor, integrity, and service.  The PPD got its start in 1663 as the city’s Swedish settlement patrol.  The modern Police Department as we know it begun in 1850 when steps were taken to increase the force.  In 1854 a major change in the politics, government, and police services went underway.  Today, the PPD has over 900 school crossing guards with over 25 police districts.  Taking advantage of increases in technology, the PPD is equipped to provide the protection needed to the City’s residents and visitors.


The Philadelphia Fire Department has been providing service to Philadelphia for over 265 years.  The Philadelphia Fire Department begun with volunteers serving the community.  In 1870 the Philadelphia Fire Department became a professional service provider with the agreement of Council.  Today, there are 12 Districts in the Philadelphia Fire Department serving the City of Philadelphia.  The mission of the Philadelphia Fire Department if to provide efficient and effective fire protection and emergency services to the citizen of Philadelphia.  This of course doesn’t stop at just those who live in Philadelphia.  On your stay in Philadelphia, you can rest easier knowing these professionals are on call and ready for any emergency.


The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in the City of Philadelphia.  The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) is known as the largest public works project undertaken in the state of Pennsylvania.  The location of the PCC is Reading Terminal train shed, the oldest surviving single-span arched train shed roof structure in the world and is one of a kind in the United States.  Since 1653 the PCC has been occupied by merchants and shops on the ground floor.  The planning involved in the construction of the PCC is remarkable.  The PCC stands as a testimony to intellectual planning of a large scale structure in a Urban Area that is integrated into the surrounding community.  Many shows and programs are held at the PCC and upon your visit to Philadelphia, you may want to visit the PCC to see what it has to offer.
















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