Chestnut Street (Philadelphia)

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PA Route 3 marker

Chestnut Street
Route information
Maintained by City of Philadelphia
Length 5.6 mi[1] (9.0 km)
History Commissioned in 1682
Major junctions
West end PA 3 in Cobbs Creek
  US 13 in University City
I-76 in University City
PA 611 in Center City
East end Front Street in Penn's Landing
Location
Counties Philadelphia
Highway system

Chestnut Street is a major historic street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was originally named Wynne Street because Thomas Wynne's home was there. William Penn renamed it Chestnut Street in 1684. It runs east–west from the Delaware River waterfront in downtown Philadelphia through Center City and West Philadelphia. The road crosses the Schuylkill River on the Chestnut Street Bridge. It serves as eastbound Pennsylvania Route 3 between 63rd and 38th Streets.

Stratton's Tavern was located on Chestnut Street near Sixth Street. When the citizens of Philadelphia were afraid that the British might attack the essentially unmanned Fort Mifflin, the secretary of the Young Men's Democratic Society called a meeting, to be held at Stratton's Tavern on March 20, 1813. The young men agreed to volunteer their services to defend the fort.[2]

Points of interest[edit]

Independence Hall, a landmark located on Chestnut Street.
Old City Hall on Chestnut Street

From east to west:

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Cobbs Creek0.00.0 PA 3 west (Cobbs Creek Parkway)Western terminus of concurrency with PA 3
University City2.64.2 US 11 / PA 3 east (38th Street)Eastern terminus of concurrency with PA 3
3.55.6 I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) to I-95 south / I-676 eastAccess via Schuylkill Avenue; exit 345 on I-76
Schuylkill River3.5–
3.7
5.6–
6.0
Chestnut Street Bridge
Center City4.57.2 PA 611 (Broad Street / Avenue of the Arts)
Penn's Landing5.69.0Front StreetTo I-95 south
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (July 14, 2018). "Chestnut Street" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Henry, Mathew Schropp (1860). History of the Lehigh Valley: Containing a Copious Selection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, Etc., Etc., Relating to Its History and Antiquities ; with Complete History of All Its Internal Improvements, Progress of the Coal and Iron Trade, Manufactures, Etc. Bixler & Corwin.

Coordinates: 39°57′10″N 75°10′48″W / 39.9529°N 75.180°W / 39.9529; -75.180