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Logan Square
19th & Race Street
Center City
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cross Street: 59th Street
215.683.0200
General Information
Originally called "Northwest Square," the park had a somewhat gruesome history as a site of public executions and burial plots until the early Nineteenth Century. In 1825, it was renamed Logan Square after Philadelphia statesman James Logan.

In May 1680, William Penn petitioned King Charles II of England for a grant of land in America, which he would consider to be payment of a large debt (about 16,000 GBP) the King owed to his father. William Penn's motivations were three-fold: "the service of God first, the honor and advantage of the King, with our own profit." Over a decade earlier, Penn had turned from the Anglican Church, the only legal religion in England at that time, to the Society of Friends (Quakers). As a highly visible (and controversial) religious leader, he envisioned the new colony as a "holy experiment", a tolerant, moral society, where all people would be free to worship as they pleased. As a businessman (and one in debt), he also hoped to make a profit, and spent the next year and a half planning, advertising and selling lots in the new colony. For 20 GBP, First Purchasers would get 1000 acres in Pennsylvania, named for Penn's father, plus a bonus 20 acres in a "large city or town" on the shores of the Delaware River. Penn named this town Philadelphia.

When surveyors arrived in 1681, they found that much of the land William Penn desired was already occupied by English, Dutch, and Swedish farmers. The undeveloped mile-long tract they purchased from three Swedes was not large enough to fulfill Penn's vision of a city laid out as a long row of widely separated houses, each with a garden and small orchard fronting the Delaware River. As a result, Penn acquired a tract along the Schuylkill River ('schuylkill' means 'hidden river' in Dutch), parallel to his tract on the Delaware, and decreased the size of the bonus city plots given to First Purchasers. Philadelphia would be a rectangle of 1200 acres, much smaller than Penn had intended, but still the larger than any other town in North America.

 

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