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Edgar Allan Poe: 1844
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Forbidden Drive (also known as Wissahickon Drive) was explicitly described in the 1844 Edgar Allan Poe story “The Elk: or Morning on the Wissahickon,” which appeared in The Opal in 1844.

Wissahickon Creek is a 23-mile creek running from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to the Schuylkill River. The last few miles run through a deep gorge, and its beauty attracted Edgar Allan Poe and other writers including George Lippard, Christopher Morley, Mark Twain, and John Greenleaf Whittier.


Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [4 June 1953]


Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [6 June 1959]


Springbank on the Wissahickon, Dr Lowber's Sanatorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [18 April 1954]


Springbank, 6700 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Top image--21 July 1961; Bottom image--3 August 1969]


Tolerance Statue of William Penn on Mom Rinker's Rock Wissahickon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [18 April 1954]

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