From the Inside Flap
Profiled here are fifty classic symbols of this extraordinary city, revealing little-known facts, longtime secrets, and historical legends. From Betsy Ross to the Philadelphia Zoo, here’s the inside story about the very things that give this city its character.
Did you know that the Philly cheesesteak was invented in 1930 by Pasquale “Pat” Olivieri, a hot-dog vendor who went on to dub himself the “King of Steaks”? That Chinatown had its start in 1860, when Lee Fong opened a Chinese laundry at the corner of Ninth and Race Streets? That City Hall, whose exterior is adorned with no less than 250 sculptures, was once called “the most disreputable and disrespected building in Philadelphia”? For Philadelphians and newcomers alike, Philadelphia Icons will be a treasured keepsake of this historic city.
From the Back Cover
30th Street Station
Reading Terminal Market
And much more!
Native Philadelphians and first-time visitors alike will cherish this timeless celebration of Philadelphia’s incomparable spirit.