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Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

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Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
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History and hermits. Museums and murals. Graveyards and churches and plenty of cheesesteak. These are the secrets of Philadelphia. They reveal a city of curious contradiction, one with a rich history dating back to 1682 but also with an eye on future. Come for the Liberty Bell—millions do—but stay for the secrets uncovered in Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. Journey to the places you’ve never heard of, and back to those old haunts you thought you knew, but never like this. Discover where you can: Enter through a gate full of artistic hands; peruse art between arrivals and departures; throw a penny on a Founding Father’s grave (and learn why you should); sample a sandwich on both sides of the street; learn how 19th century surgeries were performed; explore the cell where Al Capone paid his debt to society; discover the cave of the first doomsday cult; come face to face with the bird that inspired two famous authors; follow the footsteps of famous boxers – both real and fictional; encounter the real heroes of the Revolution; greet neighbors in the oldest neighborhood in the country; roam through dinosaurs and walk away with a butterfly; see slides of Einstein’s brain. From the festive fantasy of the Mummers to the disturbing reality of the Mutter, Philadelphia is a city with stories to tell. Uncover your own favorites in the pages of Secret Philadelphia.
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History and hermits. Museums and murals. Graveyards and churches and plenty of cheesesteak. These are the secrets of Philadelphia. They reveal a city of curious contradiction, one with a rich history dating back to 1682 but also with an eye on future. Come for the Liberty Bell—millions do—but stay for the secrets uncovered in Secret Philadelphia: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. Journey to the places you’ve never heard of, and back to those old haunts you thought you knew, but never like this. Discover where you can: Enter through a gate full of artistic hands; peruse art between arrivals and departures; throw a penny on a Founding Father’s grave (and learn why you should); sample a sandwich on both sides of the street; learn how 19th century surgeries were performed; explore the cell where Al Capone paid his debt to society; discover the cave of the first doomsday cult; come face to face with the bird that inspired two famous authors; follow the footsteps of famous boxers – both real and fictional; encounter the real heroes of the Revolution; greet neighbors in the oldest neighborhood in the country; roam through dinosaurs and walk away with a butterfly; see slides of Einstein’s brain. From the festive fantasy of the Mummers to the disturbing reality of the Mutter, Philadelphia is a city with stories to tell. Uncover your own favorites in the pages of Secret Philadelphia.
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Sales Rank:
802,677
Pages:
208
Publication Date:
04/15/2018
Series:
Secret
ISBN13:
9781681061344
Product Dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x0.60(d)
Publisher:
Reedy press, LLC
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About the Author
Mary Dixon Lebeau is a searcher, always curious about the mysteries of the universe and the secrets in her own back yard. Born in South Philly, she was raised in a family who loved the city and could all do the Mummers’ strut before they could walk. A writer and editor, wife and mom of five, Mary’s adventures are documented on TravelingMom.com, while her musings are found at GoodnightJohnBoy.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Where the Dinosaurs Roam 2

Mysterious and Kooky 4

Celebrating Audacious Freedom 6

The Thinking Person's Museum 8

Recollections 10

Farmer in the Del-Phia 12

It's Electric! 14

Row, Row, Row Your Boat 16

Freedom's First Address 18

It's the End of the World as We Know It 20

Death and Taxes 22

Humanity in Motion 24

Dream Come True 26

We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident 28

What Nerve! 30

Alcatraz of the East 32

Fall of the House of Edgar 34

The Street of Philadelphia 36

Water, Water Everywhere 38

Frankly Speaking 40

Let's Follow the Money and See Where It Goes 42

The Home of the Brave 44

Old Money 46

Franklin's Foundation 48

Big Ben 50

Little Landmarks 52

Quoth the Raven 54

Closer to Free 56

American Royalty 58

Lost but not Forgotten 60

Dear Diary 62

Da Plane! Da Plane! 64

House Call 66

Anchors Away! 68

Picture Yourself in Philly 70

When Irish Eyes Are Crying 72

Butchers, Bakers, Bargains, and Balboa 74

Golden Gloves 76

Fly, Eagles, Fly 78

Hello, Hello, Hello … Hello 80

Tears in Heaven 82

Pipe Dreams 84

Caruso Redivivus! 86

Hands-On History 88

Castles on a Cloud 108

Only God Can Make a Tree 110

Upon This Rock 112

Lights, Camera, Philly 114

Oh, Dem Golden Slippers 116

You Say You Want a Revolution 118

The Sound of Music 120

Curiouser and Curiouser 122

Everyday Heroes 124

Collecting the Stories 126

Where Pilgrims Pray 128

Every Tombstone Tells a Story 130

Once Upon a Bench 132

The Bigger, the Better 134

The Original Cheesesteak Wars 136

The Way We Were 138

Performing an Operation 140

Centre Square 142

The Philadelphia Story 144

Butterflies Are Free to Fly 146

Artistic Reflections 148

Tales from the Crypt 150

Give Pizza Chance 152

The Polish Provision 154

Framework for Freedom 156

The Cornerstone of Rebellion 158

This Little Piggy Went to Market 160

His Whole Life Was a Million-To-One Shot 162

Book It! 164

The History of Science 166

Where the Koi Are 168

Racing in the Streets 170

Three Coins in a Fountain 172

Child's Play 174

A Shot in the Dark 176

Our City, Our Teams 178

Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk … Wise Guy, Eh? 180

Heads or Tails 182

Giant Food 184

View from the Top 186

Curtain Time 188

A (Moon) Tree Grows in Philly 190

Toothy Grins 192

It's Got a Good Beat 194

Like Talking to a Wall 196

Bigger than Life 198

Index 200

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