Ghosts of Philly Industry--SOLD OUT

  • November 14, 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Meet at 2nd and Quarry Sts. across the street from the Fireman's Hall Museum
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Philadelphia was once known as the "Workshop of the World," a city that produced a staggering diversity of specialized products ranging from precision scales to steam locomotives. That world is gone, yet many of the industrial buildings it gave us live on. Join Hidden City Daily co-editor Peter Woodall for a "bikesplooration" of some remaining mills and factories, both abandoned and adapted to new uses, including a visit inside the former Bureau Brothers bronze foundry, now home to the Philadelphia Salvage Co. Along the way we'll talk about how the city grew into such a manufacturing powerhouse, and why it entered a long period of decline.

This is the final leg of Hidden City and Spoke Magazine's four-tour "Bikesploration" series, so we'll be paying special attention to Philly's historic bicycle industry. We'll take a look at the building where the Black Beauty was made, as well the workshop where an ancestor of the bicycle was built. The ride will start in Old City at 2nd and New Streets in front of the John Grass Wood Turning Shop and will make a 10 mile loop with the Bureau Brothers Foundry at 17th and Westmoreland as a midpoint.
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