Interesting historical facts and trivia about Philadelphia

Recently I came across a list of Philadelphia Streets and how they got the names they hold.   Wait, what’s this a  “Dallas” street?  Where? Why?

By poking around I eventually found that the street was named after a Philadelphia Mayor who was actually the  Vice President of the U.S. from 1844 to 1848 under President James Polk.   George Dallas  had also been a u.s. Senator from Pennsylvania, an Attorney General for PA, and from 1856 to 1861 he was U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London.   Who knew ?+

After finding  out this cool stuff, I decided to check to find where his grave is located;   Wow! another surprise, he’s buried at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 3rd and Pine Street, right here in Philadelphia!  First chance I get I’m going to do down and get a photo of the grave marker.

1 Response to Interesting historical facts and trivia about Philadelphia

  1. After I got a photo of George Dallas grave site, I met a tourist (looking befuddled and lost like many tourists do when they can’t find what they are looking for.) “May I help, I asked!” “Oh, please….I am George Dallas great grand daughter and am visiting from Texas, and have to leave soon to go back. Can you help me find his burial site.” “Great…I just left his grave site after taking a photo, follow me I’ll show you where it is.” We both then trudged around the building to the 2nd street side and I pointed out his grave. He’s buried in a family plot with five or six other family members. Got to thinking if either of us had been five minutes early or late, we’ wouldn’t have even met. Serendipitous no ?


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