Whitehall Borough, Pennsylvania

Whitehall Borough, Pennsylvania

Whitehall Borough is a defunct borough that was located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The borough ceased to exist when it was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia on the passage of the Act of Consolidation, 1854.


When it was incorporated into a borough on April 9, 1849, it covered what might be called East Frankford, between the Little Tacony (or Tackawanna) and Frankford Creeks, including Frankford and Bridesburg Stations on the former Pennsylvania Railroad, Whitehall Commons, and the Frankford Arsenal. [http://www.libraries.psu.edu/do/digitalbookshelf/29342484/29342484_part_01.pdf William Bucke Campbell, "Old Towns and Districts of Philadelphia", City History Society of Philadelphia, 1942.] ] It lay northwest of Bridesburg Borough, and southeast of Frankford Borough. It was situated in the old township of Tacony and the later Northern Liberties Township.

In 1853, the part of Whitehall that lay between Torresdale Avenue and Frankford Creek and below what is not Whitehall Commons was ceded to the borough of Frankford, leaving it with an area of only 0.471 square mile.



* [http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/graphics/wards/wards1.htm "Chronology of the Political Subdivisions of the County of Philadelphia, 1683-1854"]
* [http://www.ushistory.org/philadelphia/incorporated.html "Incorporated Districts, Boroughs, and Townships in the County of Philadelphia", 1854 By Rudolph J. Walther] , excerpted at ushistory.org

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