Wissahickon Valley Park

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Wissahickon Valley Park is a 1400 acre park in Philadelphia that includes the Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River to the city line, as well as its gorge and adjacent woodland. It is part of the Fairmount Park division of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.

While logging and industrialization occurred in some parts of the valley in the late 18th and early 19th century, the gorge itself was famous for its natural beauty, inspiring religious mystics like Johann Kelpius, writers like Edgar Allan Poe, John Greenleaf Whittier, George Lippard, and William Cobbett; and artists like Thomas Moran, James Peale, William Trost Richards, and Currier and Ives.

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