The West Chester Railroad, West Chester, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The West Chester Railroad arrives at the Old Market Street Station Site in West Chester, Pennsylvania

What is special about the town of West Chester, Pennsylvania? Most of you would say that you have never heard of this town unless, of course, you live in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It was originally named Turk’s Head after a local tavern. It has a courthouse. Yes, every major town has a courthouse, but this courthouse was designed by Thomas Walter. Who is Thomas Walter? He is the same man who designed this structure known as the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. What other great things are here? In the 1700’s, it was the center of clockmaking. In the 1800’s, a wagon wheel company which later made wheels for automobiles was centered here. In the 1900’s a cream separation company did their operations here, and Commodore computers…

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