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Coal Pier River View

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Coal Pier River View
Was taken to this incredible place last week, between two news shoots in the Port Richmond Area of Philadelphia.
Extending 875 feet into the river, Pier 18 was used for loading of coal and ore from river barges to railroad cars. As recently as 1968, the pier sprouted a six-story steel tower called a McMyler side car dumper, which has been demolished.
It was once the primary terminal for Pennsylvania’s vast coal output.
In 1981, a Historic Resource Protection Plan by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission described elements of the Richmond Coal Wharves site as candidates for historic status, including piers like Pier 18.
This was a scary place and I would not recommend going there alone--but what a haven for graffiti artists and photographers!

In this shot you can see part of the graffiti-encrusted former elevated railway where coal from river barges would be loaded onto railroad cars.

Uploaded on 3/20/2012 3:13:18 AM

Made with Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

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