The Historical Society Of Tacony

The Jonathan Marsden home was the first Tacony residence to be constructed west of the railroad in 1877.  Where is this property located?  

Longshore Avenue and Keystone Street

What was the original name of Disston Street?

Washington Avenue 

The school at Glenloch Street and Longshore Avenue was known for years at Saint Josaphat's and more recently became the home of Keystone Academy Charter School.  What was the school originally called?

Mary Disston School

What was the name of the now-demolished school which once sat across Longshore Avenue from the aforementioned school?

Henry Disston School

What church in Tacony is also known as the "Grindstone Church?"

Tacony Baptist Church

Tacony derives its name from the word "Towacawonink," which is a Lenni-Lenape Native-American term for what?

"Forest" or "Wilderness" 

Who was the engineer that designed the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, which opened in 1929, several years after he designed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge?

Ralph Modjeski  

What was the name of the movie theater which used to be on the 6800 block of Torresdale Avenue and is now the home of City Reach Church?

Liberty Movie Theater  

What is Tacony's oldest church congregation, which was established in 1869 and worshipped at its original church building along Wissinoming Street until 1898?

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church  

To which Tacony church congregation was the aforementioned church building sold in 1918?

Star of Hope Baptist Church  

What is the name of the inventor and solar power pioneer who once lived and worked at Disston and Ditman Streets?

Frank Shuman  

Which Tacony business is associated with the construction of the William Penn statue that adorns the top of Philadelphia's City Hall?

Tacony Iron and Metal Works  

Where was the aforementioned factory located?

Magee Avenue and State Road  

What factory took over the former Tacony Iron Works facility in 1914 and was there until the early 1980's?

Dodge Steel Foundry  

What movie featured the factory about one of its employees who became a World War II hero?

Pride of the Marines  

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