Monday, February 29, 2016

Philly's Billy

William Penn Stands Atop City Hall in Philadelphia

Philly's Billy, aka William Penn of Philadelphia:  
English 
Aristocrat 
Quaker 
Real Estate Entrepreneur

City Hall Tower, That's Billy On the Top
Fortunately for Billy, 
the crown owed quite a bit of money to his family 
and it was paid in land. 
Lots of land.
Land far across the Atlantic Ocean. 
Billy named his land, Sylvania, 
which by order of the king, became Pennsylvania. 

Penn's Plans for Philly Were Roads In A Grid Pattern
Billy also planned for the city of Philadelphia. 
I wonder if he had any idea how 
future generations of Philadelphians 
would revere him.

Entering the City Hall Courtyard

Do you think it is a coincidence that Billy rhymes with Philly? 


Don't Leave Town Without Your Own Billy


Here's a previous post on Billy and City Hall





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15 comments:

  1. When I studied PA's history I always thought it was cool how Penn got the land!

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  2. He was always one historical person I would have wanted to meet personally. John Adams and Abigail being the other two. Love the photo of the entrance to city hall court.

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  3. i love that shot of his hand.. and i did not know that about the way Pennsylvania got its name or that he got the land.

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  4. My goodness, they do have him up in the air, don't they? Bet the pigeons love him.

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  5. I was once a Philly girl (living now in North Carolina) and your photos make me feel nostalgic.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-walls-of-san-juan.html

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  6. Great post!! I've been through Philadelphia but have never stopped. Will have to do that one day! Thank you for the tour!

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  7. Lovely post, Rebecca - love the pillars and arches photo - and the last is stunning! Just a reminder to link up between now and Wed. to Seasons - Curious about March!
    And thanks so much for linking up last week:) Enjoy this week!

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  8. Philadelphia has a very European feel from the images you shared with us. Thank you so much for linking in with "Through My Lens"

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  9. Someday I will get there. I love old buildings and history.

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  10. It's such a beautiful and interesting area. We always enjoy our visits there.....your images are really special!!

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  11. Great post. A PA gal myself with the Aloha spirit embedded, transported to upstate New York!

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  12. Love the perspective on the shot of Billy!

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