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More interesting facts on Philadelphia
- the Fire Station No. 1 in Roanoke, Virginia was modeled after Philadelphia's Independence Hall?
- the Cohocksink Creek was once the boundary between two Pennsylvania towns and now runs beneath the streets of the Philadelphia neighborhood of Northern Liberties?
- the Philadelphia bridge currently carrying Girard Avenue over the Schuylkill River is the third bridge built in that location since 1852?
- the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 4859 (pictured) pulled the first electric train from Philadelphia to Harrisburg in 1938 and was designated a state symbol of Pennsylvania in 1987?
- the Philadelphia Election Riot of 1742 between the Anglicans and the Quakers of Philadelphia was caused by their inability to agree on who would supervise the election?
- the Spiral Q Puppet Theater in Philadelphia uses puppetry, street theatre and pageantry to promote social and political change?
- the recently demolished Francis M. Drexel School in Philadelphia was named for a financier whose family founded several educational institutions, including Drexel University?
- the marble column used for the Civil War Memorial in Adrian, Michigan, was originally part of the former Bank of Pennsylvania building in Philadelphia?
- the first airmail of the United States was a personal letter from George Washington carried on an aerial balloon flight from Philadelphia by Jean Pierre Blanchard?
- the 1842 Lombard Street Riot capped thirteen years of recurring racial violence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
- since 1994, the mural arts program of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network has created more than 2,500 murals (pictured) across Philadelphia?
- Jewelers' Row (pictured) in Philadelphia was the first speculative housing development in the United States, featuring that country's first row houses?
- Birely, Hillman & Streaker was the only Philadelphian manufacturer of wooden ships to survive the post-Civil War slump?
- American illustrator, painter and printmaker Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer was the great-great granddaughter of Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale?
- Philadelphia publisher F. A. Davis brought electricity to St. Petersburg, Florida, and founded nearby Pinellas Park after hearing a lecture on Florida's medical benefits?
- Sedgeley, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1799 and built in Philadelphia, was the first Gothic revival-style house in the U.S.?
- after his move to Philadelphia in 1879, English-born cricketer Arthur Wood (pictured) had to satisfy a five year residency requirement before he was allowed to play with the Philadelphian cricket team?
- newspaper writer Constance Drexel gained notoriety by falsely claiming that she was a member of Philadelphia's Drexel family?
- in the late 1960s, Philadelphia residents held Annual Reminder protests claiming that LGBT Americans did not enjoy the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?
- both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama refused to hand out street money, a political tactic common in Philadelphia, during the 2008 Pennsylvania primary?
- autobiographer Lois Mark Stalvey's 1960s anti-racist activism in Omaha, Nebraska was responsible for her husband's job transfer to Philadelphia?
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