Discover how and why Philly became such an industrial colossus, along with what caused its decline.
We called ourselves “The World’s Greatest Workshop,” and there was almost nothing we didn’t make here, from silk stockings to locomotives. It didn’t last, of course, but some of the workshops and mill buildings from that era have managed to survive.
Join Hidden City project director Pete Woodall as we explore remnants of Philadelphia’s industrial past, making our way from Northern Liberties to Olde Kensington and back again. We’ll visit the former sites of Stetson Hats, Schmidt’s Beer and Gretz Beer, plus former hosiery mills, tanneries and dye works.
Discover how and why Philly became such an industrial colossus, along with what caused its decline. We’ll also take off the rose colored glasses and talk about pollution, child labor, workplace safety and racial discrimination.
We start 3rd and Cambridge Streets and end at 2nd St and Girard Ave.
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Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Hidden City project coordinator Alyssa Shea at email@example.com.