Wissahickon’s Hundred Steps

Here are some historical photos and architect’s drawings of the Hundred Steps that connect a residential area of Wissahickon with a path in Fairmount Park.

This photo of the Hundred Steps dates from 1901. It shows the dam at the bottom in the Wissahickon Creek, the steep bank, and then the Hundred Steps themselves. The light fixtures have not yet made their appearance. The house on the right at the top of the steps is still there today; however, the mansion on the left is long gone. It's been replaced by a house built in 1966.This photo of the Hundred Steps dates from 1901. It shows the dam at the bottom in the Wissahickon Creek, the steep bank, and then the Hundred Steps themselves. The light fixtures have not yet made their appearance. The house on the right at the top of the steps is still there today; however, the mansion on the left is long gone. It's been replaced by a house built in 1966.

This photo of the Hundred Steps dates from 1901. It shows the dam at the bottom in the Wissahickon Creek, the steep bank, and then the Hundred Steps themselves. The light fixtures have not yet made their appearance. The house on the right at the top of the steps is still there today; however, the mansion on the left is long gone. It’s been replaced by a house built in 1966.

This photograph of the base of Hundred Steps was taken in 1902. It shows the original light fixtures on the pillars.This photograph of the base of Hundred Steps was taken in 1902. It shows the original light fixtures on the pillars.

 

This is a detail from what appears to be a surveyor's map of the dam in front of the Hundred Steps. Who knew it was named the Robeson-Vandaren Mill Dam? Note the site of the Hessian Redoubt from the 1777 Battle of Germantown.This is a detail from what appears to be a surveyor's map of the dam in front of the Hundred Steps. Who knew it was named the Robeson-Vandaren Mill Dam? Note the site of the Hessian Redoubt from the 1777 Battle of Germantown.

This is a detail from what appears to be a surveyor’s map of the dam in front of the Hundred Steps. Who knew it was named the Robeson-Vandaren Mill Dam? Note the site of the Hessian Redoubt from the 1777 Battle of Germantown.

 

This is a reduction of an architect's plans for a new rail to be constructed for the Hundred Steps. It is dated May 1, 1924.This is a reduction of an architect's plans for a new rail to be constructed for the Hundred Steps. It is dated May 1, 1924.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s