The Monument is Moving!

Artist's conception: Newkirk Monument along Bartram's Mile
Artist’s conception: Newkirk Monument along Bartram’s Mile
Wonderful news, all — the 1839 Newkirk Monument is saved! It will be moved tomorrow, Nov. 17, beginning at 7 a.m., to its own concrete pad along Bartram’s Mile, the soon-to-open section of the Schuylkill River Trail.
(What is it? It’s the 15-foot West Philly obelisk that has been a minor obsession of mine for several years. Frankly, this takes my breath away. The effort to save the Monument represents patience, diligence, teamwork, and vision by Amtrak, the City of Philadelphia, Christopher Dougherty at the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Andropogon architects, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Bradley Maule at Hidden City Philadelphia, the George Young moving company, and many more. My thanks to all of them!
With luck, I’ll have photos to post of the move and the Monument in its new home soon.

Boarding the Train for War

"Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon of Philadelphia" (T. Sinclair's Lithography, ca. 1861-65; Library of Congress)
“Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon of Philadelphia” (T. Sinclair’s Lithography, ca. 1861-65; Library of Congress)

The Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad station at Washington and Broad Streets in Philadelphia was the great embarkation point for Union troops from the northeastern states heading south to fight in the Civil War. This print by artist James Fuller Queen (1820 (21?)-1886) shows Union troops arriving from New Jersey by Delaware River ferries. They march in formation toward the southwest corner of Swanson and Washington avenues, where they are served food and drink at the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, organized by local grocer Barzilia S. Brown in 1861, and cheered on by Philadelphians, who have lined up to watch.

After they eat, the troops board PW&B coaches, which take them across the Gray’s Ferry Bridge, past the Newkirk Monument, and southward to war.

Source: Library of Congress