The History of Olney, Pennsylvania

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The sexual assault attorneys from Olney are the proud sponsors of today's article. We hope to encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the history of Olney and discover some of the features of the neighborhood.

History of Olney

Olney is a neighborhood within North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Up until the late 1800s, it was a vast, hilly farmland in the hinterland of Philadelphia County. The population in the area consisted of farmers and wealthy Philadelphians who had money to live away from the city. As Philadelphia grew, people who wanted to escape the increasing population density moved to Olney. Soon, businesses were established and companies like Heintz Manufacturing Company, Brown Instrument Division, and Proctor and Schwartz built their factories in the neighborhood.

With the construction of the Broad Street subway, the population in the area grew even more. Riders were able to travel from Olney to City Hall in under 20 minutes and for only 15 cents. The subway and trolley lines made the neighborhood the northern transportation hub of Philadelphia.

Between the 1960s and 1980s, European-American residents moved out of Olney during white flight. When deindustrialization happened in Philadelphia, industries also closed their factors and moved out of the neighborhood for a more favorable area. However, Olney wasn't left abandoned for long as African Americans, Asians and Latin Americans moved to the neighborhood. By the mid-1980s, around 5,000 Koreans were residing in the area and created businesses along North Fifth Street, which came to be known as "Koreatown."

As of the 2010 census, Olney has a population of 36,474 people. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Godfrey Avenue to the north, Tacony Creek to the east, Roosevelt Boulevard to the south, and the railroad right-of-way west of Seventh Street to the west. It is named after the estate of Alexander Wilson, which was named for the poet William Cowper, of Olney, England.

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Adams Avenue Bridge

Adams Avenue Bridge carries Adams Avenue over the Tacony Creek that flows through Tacony Creek Park. Built in 1901, it is a two-lane, triple-span, closed-spandrel, filled stone arch bridge. The historic bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on June 22, 1988.

Tacony Creek Park

Tacony Creek Park is a watershed park in Philadelphia. The 300-acre park is situated along Tacony Creek. It is made up of a streamside, forest, and meadow and is home to a number of birds and wildlife. A 3.2-mile paved trail runs through the entire park to give visitors a space for walking, running and bicycling. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. It is accessible in Olney, Feltonville, Frankford, Juniata, Lawncrest and Northwood.

Fisher Park

Fisher Park is a 23-acre public park in Olney. Laid out and owned by industrialist Joseph Wharton, it was donated in 1908 as a "Christmas gift" to the city of Philadelphia. Named for Deborah Fisher Wharton, his mother, the park offers a perfect recreation space for residents and visitors of the neighborhood. It features several gardens, woodlands with paved trails, a tennis court, a basketball court, a playground area, and a hill for sledding in the winter. Residents can be seen walking their pets in the park every day. Special events are also hosted at the park throughout the year. It could be found on West Spencer Street.

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