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    • A cyclist cruises on the new Port Richmond Trail's new pervious pavement

Completed Port Richmond Trail returns the river to its neighbors

One year and one week after officials broke ground on the Port Richmond Trail, they returned to open the 1.6-mile segment, which runs along Allegheny and Delaware avenues to Lewis…

    • Project map, Wheatsheaf Lane to Levick Street and Adams Avenue Connector. Courtesy of PennDOT

PennDOT shares plans, hears concerns for I-95 through Bridesburg

PennDOT's I-95 overhaul is advancing through the city and bringing unique changes and challenges to each of the neighborhoods it passes through. Last week, PennDOT held an informational meeting in the…

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Henon solicits community input on rezoning of “Cokie” site in Bridesburg

Were you to drive north on Interstate 95 from the Navy Yard into Bucks County, pretty much every residential neighborhood you’d see would be on your left, except for Bridesburg. Bridesburg…

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ABOUT BRIDESBURG

Bridesburg, originally called “Kirkbridesburg”, is a neighborhood in the Bridesburg/Kensington/Richmond area of Philadelphia. Bordered to the south by Port Richmond, to the north by Wissinoming, to the west by Frankford Avenue, and to the east to by the Delaware River. The area was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, and up until 1609 no white man had set foot into the region. Henry Hudson was the first European to arrive in the region. But by 1638, the Swedes had established a settlement in the area called “New Sweden," in which the Swedish people lived in harmony with the native people of the region. It was not until the 1680s that William Penn and other Englishmen arrived to the region and developed this area. One of the new buildings that these men built was the Bridesburg Manufacturing Company, a factory that proved to be vital for producing muskets during the Civil War. As the inhabitants changed, the name of this area did too; it was first “New Sweden,” then it was “Point, No Point,” then “Kirkbridesburg,” and finally became “Bridesburg,” which remains its name today. Bridesburg's diverse culture can still be seen today in the dozens of churches established by each wave of immigrants. Today the area is as diverse as it ever was, continuing to bring in different traditions and beliefs to the community.

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Bridesburg History

UPCOMING EVENTS IN BRIDESBURG

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