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What do you know about Frankford? The sexual abuse lawyers from Frankford are here to give you the inside scoop on the history of the neighborhood.

Summary of Frankford

Frankford is a neighborhood located in the Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is roughly bounded by Castor Avenue on the northwest, East Cheltenham Avenue on the northeast, Delaware Expressway (Interstate 95) on the southeast, and Frankford Creek on the southwest and west. Around 1682, a group of Quaker businessmen from England called the Society of Free Traders arrived in an area that was occupied by Swedes and Germans and established the village of Frankford after purchasing the Manor of Frank land. The original settlers were Robert Adamas, Thomas Fairman, Edward Seary and Henry Waddy.

The village is said to have gotten its name from the Frankfurt Company that once existed there, along Frankford Creek. It was an early suburb town of Philadelphia and was served by the "Frankford Pike" trail, which was forged by William Penn from the present Center City4 to New York City. On March 2, 1800, Frankford was incorporated as a borough. In 1854, it was annexed by the City of Philadelphia.

The Frankford neighborhood was historically a manufacturing center, with the presence of a gristmill dating back to the 1660s. In the 1800s, the town was a center for textile production. Other manufacturing industries in the area also flourished. During World War II, the Frankford Arsenal rivaled the Philadelphia Navy Yard. When the Frankford Elevated Line was opened in 1922, it provided rapid transit to Center City and West Philadelphia and turned Frankford Avenue into a major shopping district.

However, in the 1950s, many Philadelphians moved to the suburbs and white flight took place. Throughout the decades, attempts to revitalize the neighborhood has taken place, but street crime and open-air drug sales are still prominent. Between 1985 and 1990, the "Frankford Slasher" serial killer killed many women in the neighborhood. The person is still not caught to this day.

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Historic Sites

Frankford is home to many historical establishments and landmarks. They represent the history of the neighborhood and its growth throughout the years. These historic sites include:

  • Cedar Hill Cemetery
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • The Comly Rich House
  • Frankford Avenue

Those that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) are the Frankford Arsenal, Friends Hospital, William W. Axe School, Warren G. Harding Junior High School, John Marshall School, Henry Longfellow School, Franklin Smedley School, David Wilmot School, James J. Sullivan School and the John Ruan House.

Simpson Recreation Center

The Simpson Recreation Center is a 4.6-acre recreational space in Frankford. Situated on Arrott Street, it features a swimming pool, sprinkler, playground, hockey and soccer court, sports fields, a recreational building that includes a multipurpose room and gymnasium. The recreation center was named after Private Alfred J. Simpson, a local of Frankford, who was killed at 21 during World War II. Operated by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, it is open Mondays through Fridays from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Saturdays, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed to the public on Sundays.

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