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Walking Tour of West Chester's Railroad Corridor
(from Riggtown to Market Street and back)

by Jim Jones

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Instruction: Begin in Green Field Parking Lot in the 600-block of South Franklin Street.

Instruction: Walk east along alley between baseball field and backyards of the houses on the south side of East Nields Street. Turn left beyond the large apartment building and walk to East Nields Street. Stop at the railroad crossing.

Instruction: Cross the railroad tracks and walk north through the railroad yard to South Adams Street in front of the West Chester Railroad yard office.

Instruction: Continue north along the 300-block of South Adams Street to the corner of East Union Street.

Instruction: Turn left onto East Union Street and turn right at the next corner onto South Franklin Street. From there, walk north to the corner of East Barnard and South Franklin Streets.

Instruction: Proceed to the corner of East Barnard Street and South Franklin Street.

Instruction: Proceed north on South Franklin Street to Market Street.

Instruction: Turn left into the parking lot at Rubinstein's in the 200-block of East Market Street.

Instruction: Continue west in the 100-block of East Market Street to Matlack Street.

Instruction: Turn left into the 000-block of South Matlack Street.

Instruction: Turn left onto East Union Street and walk towards the railroad tracks. Turn right into the alley just before the entrance to Schriver/Houck Inc.

Instruction: Continue walking south along Fassnacht Alley. At the end of the alley, turn left onto Magnolia Street for a few yards and then right into Maple Alley.

Instruction: Turn left into the 200-block of Lacey Street and then right into the 500-block of South Franklin Street. As you cross over Goose Creek, notice the bridge, which had to be replaced after the 1931 Goose Creek fire (see below).

Instruction: Return to parking lot at Green Field.

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Copyright 2010 by Dr. James A. Jones