Wednesday, November 21, 2007

10 Fun Philadelphia Facts

Philadelphia … One Fascinating City

Here are a few facts about this city I bet you never knew:

1. Independence Square was where the Declaration of Independence was first read, while Independence Hall was where the 13 colonies agreed to break their ties with Britain. Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten version of the declaration can be found in Liberty Hall.

2. The first flag of the United States was sewn in Philadelphia in 1777 by Betsy Ross.

3. The first stock exchange in the United States was the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, which organized in 1790 when Philadelphia became the first capital of the United States (1790-1800).

4. Head to the Italian market for a taste of history, it is the oldest outdoor market in the United States.

5. Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of a lawyer with AIDS in the film named after the city. The theme song from the film, Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia, was a major hit worldwide.

6. Philadelphia is home to the oldest zoo in the US.

7. Around 1880, Philadelphia was known as a city that produced high quality foods. That’s why A.L. Reynolds called it Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese.

8. Fans of legendary boxing movie Rocky can run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just like Sylvester Stallone’s character does in one of his training montages.

9. Philadelphia is supposedly very haunted. If you wish to go spirit hunting, there are numerous ghost tours available for visitors.

10. Philadelphia is home to the cheesesteak sandwich, water ice, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes

Got a fun fact I forgot? Please share!

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