Pennsylvania:
Philadelphia

These pages present photos of the lanterns we found exploring Philadelphia in June 2004. We travelled with our son Mike. Philadelphia was the first stop on this trip, which included Baltimore and Washington.

Philadelphia, known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. State and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It was founded by William Penn, an English Quaker, in 1682 to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia was the meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, and the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. The city was also one of the nation's capitals during the revolution,and temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C. was under construction.

To make going through photos manageable, we allocated photos to streets and buildings indicated in the navigation bar. On some streets we found only a few (sometimes one) lanterns. These lanterns are on the "Various Addresses" page. In general, we are sure we missed a lot of lanterns on any street, due to very limited time we usually had.

When it was possible, we tried to check the locations with Google Street View and put information in the photo caption about present conditions or existence of the lantern. A lantern is marked with (?) if we could not confirm its status. If there is no note, it means that the lantern exists and has not changed.