Valley Forge Park

Item Info

Item No: pdcal00048
Title: Valley Forge Park
Historic Street Address: 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia, PA
Media Type: Photographic Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This is a ca. 1930  image, taken by amateur Philadelphia photographer Claude Alexander, showing the parking lot and the Valley Forge Observation Tower, in Valley Forge State Park.  The 88-foot tower was built in 1906, on the summit of Mount Joy, the highest point in the park.  It gave visitors a panoramic view of the historic park, the Schuylkill Valley and central Chester County.

The tower was condemned and closed in 1979 because of severe deterioration.  But it was refurbished and relocated in the 1980s, atop Mount Davis (in Forbes State Forest, Somerset County), the highest point in Pennsylvania.

Creation Year: ca. 1930
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.423300
Geocode Latitude:40.101723

Creator Name: Claude Alexander - Photographer