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Wissahickon Creek

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       The Wissahickon Creek is a stream in southeastern Pennsylvania. Its route is 23 miles and it empties into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.The name of the creek comes from the Lenape language for "catfish creek" or "stream of yellowish color.” Industry saw its rise along the creek soon after European settlement in the area due to the steep slopes and gorge that was along the creek. It main industry was that of milling paper. Americas first paper mill was built along one of the Wissahickons tributaries. A feature that this creek now has is the Henry Avenue Bridge which was built in 1932. The bridge is 915 feet and 185 feet above the creek. These areas along with other sections of the creek have been used as scenery for artists since 1800. The Wissahickon attracted people such as Edgar Allan Poe and John Greenleaf Whittier. With all of its great historical past the Wissahickon Valley has known been named one of the 600 National Natural Landmarks of the United States.


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