Most people come to the city of Brotherly love for one of two things, History or entertainment. Even those of us who live in the region rarely if ever venture off into the outlying regions of the city to explore what this city really is all about. This city is rich in history that has nothing at all to do with the American Revolution, and it is all so easy to find if one just opens their eyes. Please join me on a journey to some of the lesser known Icons of the city of brotherly love as I explore the beauty beyond the hype!
One of the first really cool places I like in the city is Old Pier 18, in Port Richmond. Extending 875 feet into the river, Pier 18 carries two railroad tracks and was used for the loading of coal and ore. The now-defunct Richmond Coal Wharves, developed primarily by the Reading Railroad, encompass a mile of shoreline and 12 abandoned piers. It was once the primary terminal for Pennsylvania vast coal output. Access is off of Richmond street and parking is not an issue. below are a couple of links for google map images I took from atop and around the structure:
There are many birds in the area during the spring months, and groundhogs are pretty common as well. The area is relatively safe, but always be aware of your surroundings when exploring strange new places. below are some other of the other Photos I have taken of the area.