Item No: pdcl00187
Title: Fairmount Water Works, Forebay and Pleasure steamer
Additional Title: Forebay, Fairmount
Print and Picture Collection
"The Fairmount Water Works, with its formal gardens and promenades, was a focal point for pleasure seekers almost from the time these buildings were completed in 1822. Adjacent to the gardens and promenades was the landing stage of a river steamer which took passengers on short cruises up the Schuylkill River and back."--OPEP, p. 193.
Water Works structure with walkways; men working; people walking. In background, paddle wheel steamer with people aboard: "Gene Hooker" on the wheel. Boat houses and trees in background along the river.
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.