West Chester Pike, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

West Chester Pike, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Stephen J. Edgcumbe


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West Chester Pike, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series) by Stephen J. Edgcumbe

Spanning 20 miles, West Chester Pike, part of Pennsylvania Route 3, connects Philadelphia with the borough of West Chester. From east to west, it passes through suburban communities in Delaware and Chester Counties, namely Millbourne, Upper Darby, Haverford, Marple, Newtown, Edgmont, Willistown, Westtown, East Goshen, and West Goshen. Known early on as the West Chester Road, the route began as a dirt road used to meet the needs of area settlers, mainly Quakers, farmers, and mill owners. In the mid-1800s, formal requests for the construction of a more reliable and easy-to-navigate state roadway came from farmers and mill owners west of Philadelphia who were seeking easier access to markets in the city. West Chester Pike looks at the history of the roadway as it transformed from a simple, rural, dirt road to the bustling four-lane, suburban highway and mostly commercial corridor used today by thousands of area residents, commuters, and commercial workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738592442
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/17/2012
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,306,723
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Journalist Stephen J. Edgcumbe was born and raised in Upper Darby at the eastern end of West Chester Pike. Today, he lives in East Goshen, near its western end. The images in West Chester Pike come from the collections of historical societies and museums, municipalities, local historians, and longtime area businesses and residents.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Millbourne Borough 9

2 Upper Darby Township 17

3 Haverford Township 33

4 Marple Township 53

5 Newtown Township 69

6 Edgmont Township 81

7 Willistown Township 87

8 Westtown Township 95

9 East Goshen Township 99

10 West Goshen Township and West Chester Borough 115

Bibliography 127

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