Item No: pdcp01101
Title: From The Redemption of the Lower Schuylkill: The river as it was, the river as it is, the river as it should be
Historic Street Address:
West bank of the Schuylkill, below the Art Museum
Print and Picture Collection
From "The Redemption of the Lower Schuylkill: The river as it was, the river as it is, the river as it should be" (1924), p. 103
Caption below picture reads: "The Municipal Dump in Action, West Bank of the River, Below the Art Museum. See the Filth Floating on the Waters."
The basis for this book was a 1924 lecture by its author, local philanthropist John Frederick Lewis, about the deplorable state of the once-beautiful Lower Schuylkill River. This image shows "the river as it is." With industry and population growing in Philadelphia, this municipal dump delivered sewage, offal, and industrial waste directly into the lower Schyulkill River, just below the Fairmount Dam.
Lewis, John Frederick, 1860-1932