Shortest street in Philadelphia?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by newphil, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. desolate

    desolate Double spaced

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Messages:
    8,356
    Likes Received:
    1
    There are thousands of streets in Philly not on the maps that do exist.

    They are "legally open ROW's" that appear to be driveways and alleys.
     
  2. supersupper

    supersupper Appetizer

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Messages:
    2,387
    Likes Received:
    0
    from Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network

    1843
    shows the Arden footprint as it is today
    There are not many street names shown, including "?"

    1858/60
    Cuthbert and "?" are "Ledger Place"
    A tiny alley east of this corner is "Herald ri"
    Filbert is "La Grange St"
    There is no "American St" passageway below Filbert

    The Arden footprint is large buildings fronting 2nd street, and teeny tiny buildings in the back surround a tiny courtyard (where the stage is now), in turn surrounded by Ledger Place (N and W)

    1862
    Cuthbert is "Herald Place"
    "?" is not named
    Filbert is "La Grange Place"
    Tarts Alleyway is "Auckles Ct"

    1875
    Filbert is "Hartungs Place"

    1895
    Filbert is "La Grange Street"

    1910
    Cuthbert is "Cuthbert"
    "?" is "American St"
    Filbert is "Filbert St"
    Auckles Ct is still "Auckles Ct"
    American St below Filbert first appears

    1942
    The Arden's courtyard disappears

    2009
    Auckles Ct" and "?" are not named


    In other words, this little "?" street existed well before American Street, and was associated with Cuthbert at least as far back as 1843 as maybe a clausterphobic city cull-de-sac.
     
    #62 supersupper, Mar 1, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2010
  3. Matthew pio

    Matthew pio New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2019
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Herbert street in bridesburg is the shortest running street in philadelphia and most likely america. It is about 25' in total length. I live across the street and i used tp think it was someones driveway.its on google maps right between ash and pratt on Tompson
     
  4. Jayfar

    Jayfar I'm very oldĀ®

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,527
    Likes Received:
    997
    Poke around in old map layers at atlas.phila.gov and also in the map viewer at philageohistory.org - search for thompson & herbert. It looks like in an 1895 map it may have been spelled Hubert. At that time your cited short block didn't exist and there was a building on part of its length, but from the other side of Mercer St (then named School St), along the same alignment, Hubert St ran NW to Belgrade St (then named George St). Oh and Thompson St was then Washington St.

    Untitled.jpg
    Untitled.jpg
     

Share This Page