Did You Know?
- The actual attached livers of Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, lie in preserving fluid at the Műtter Museum on South 22nd Street.
- When Rocky Balboa caught that orange as he ran through the Italian Market in the first Rocky movie, it wasn’t scripted.
- They had to tear down between 200 and 300 18th Century houses when they built I-95 along the Delaware River.
- You can walk through underground walkways from 8th Street to 18th Street and from Arch to Spruce.
- You can go up the City Hall tower and stand right beneath the feet of William Penn.
- The PSFS building on Market Street was the first modern “skyscraper” in the United States.
- Mother’s Day was started here in 1914 by Anna Jarvis.
- The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ that stands within a 7-storey area within the Macy’s store at Market, while 13th Streets is the largest operational pipe organ in the world and is still played twice a day.
- The City lies almost 90 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and yet was the largest port in the country for many years.
- Where the Philadelphia Museum of Art now stands, there used to be a huge reservoir that supplied water from the Schuylkill River to the inhabitants of the City.
- Bubble gum was invented here.
- The game of Monopoly was started here.
- The idea of the Philly cheese steak apparently hails from the Abruzzi region of Italy.
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