Whitehall Borough, Pennsylvania

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This article is about the former borough in Philadelphia County. For the present borough in Allegheny County, see Whitehall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 39°56′53″N 75°11′11″W / 39.94806°N 75.18639°W / 39.94806; -75.18639
Whitehall Borough
Former Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia
Coordinates 39°56′53″N 75°11′11″W / 39.94806°N 75.18639°W / 39.94806; -75.18639
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19127
Area code 215
Map of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania highlighting Whitehall Borough prior to the Act of Consolidation, 1854
Location of Bridesburg in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Whitehall Borough is a defunct borough that was located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The borough ceased to exist when it was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia on the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854.

History[edit]

The area takes its name from White Hall, a grand mansion built there by Jesse Waln.[1]

When it was incorporated into a borough on April 9, 1849, it covered what today is called East Frankford, between the Little Tacony (or Tackawanna) and Frankford Creeks, including Frankford and Bridesburg Stations on the former Pennsylvania Railroad, Whitehall Commons, and the Frankford Arsenal.[2] It lay northwest of Bridesburg Borough, and southeast of Frankford Borough. It was situated in the old township of Tacony and the later Northern Liberties Township.

In 1853, the part of Whitehall that lay between Torresdale Avenue and Frankford Creek and below what is now Whitehall Commons was ceded to the borough of Frankford, leaving it with an area of only 0.471 square-mile.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bristol Pike, by Samuel Fitch Hotchkin, published by George W. Jacobs, 1893
  2. ^ a b William Bucke Campbell, Old Towns and Districts of Philadelphia, City History Society of Philadelphia, 1942.

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