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Downtown Chester is the hub of the city, and is centered around the old historic courthouse, the old market square, and the train station. Chester was settled in 1644, and was originally called "Finlandia" and then "Upland". William Penn renamed the town "Chester" after Chester, England, upon his arrival in 1682, and made Chetser the county seat. Chester served as the seat of Chester County until 1789, when Delaware County was created from parts of Chester COunty. Chester then became the seat of Delaware County, until the seat was moved to Media in 1851. Throughout its history, Chester has been a fishing center and shipbuilding center. Chester was a major shipbuilding center from the late 1800s until World War II, like its larger neighbors, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. Chester's population peaked at around 66,000 in the 1950s, and has since declined to about 36,000 since then.

The old courthouse, on the Avenue of the States. The old Chester County Courthouse, later the Delaware County Courthouse, was built in 1724, served as the seat of Chetser County and then Delaware County until 1851. The courthouse is the oldest public building in continuous use in the United States.

The City Center Building, on the Avenue of the States. The structure was built in 1919.

The Crozer Building, on the Avenue of the States. The structure was built in 1917.

The Crozer Building was once known as the Fidelity Chester Building.

Chester City Hall, on 4th Street.

The old Cambridge Trust Company building, on the Avenue of the States at 5th Street. The structure was built in 1923.

The old Chester Municipal Building, on 5th Street. It was built in 1919 and is now the City Hall Suites.

Businesses on Avenue of the States.

Looking north up the Avenue of the States.

Buildings on Edgmont Avenue.

The old abandoned City Hall, on City Hall Place.

A building on Edgmont Avenue at 5th Street.

The Chester Train Station, near Welsh Street. The train station was built 1903 and was originally served by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The station is now primarily served by SEPTA.

Buildings on the Avenue of the States.

A Knights of Columbus building on 9th Street.

An old tavern on 9th Street.

A freemason building at 9th & Welsh Streets. The structure was built in 1920.

St. John's AUMP Church, on the Avenue of the States. The church was built in 1842 and was originally St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church.

Businesses on the Avenue of the States.

Buildings on the Avenue of the States. The building in the center was built in 1924, and the building at the right was built in 1926.

Deshong Mansion, on the Avenue of the States. The house was the residence of John O. Deshong and was built in 1877.

The Alfred O. Deshong Memorial, now the Alfred O. Deshong Park Art Museum, on the Avenue of the States. The museum was opened in 1916 and showcases Alfred O. Deshong's collection of 19th century European and American paintings and Asian art.

Houses on Penn Street.

A building at 4th Street & Edgmont Avenue.

The Wolf Building, on 2nd Street. The structure was built in 1903, and is located next to the site of Chetser's old market square, as deeded by William Penn.

Buildings at 4th & Welsh Streets.

The Kriebel House, on 4th Street. The house was built in the 1840s.

The old Hanley Hose Company building on 5th Street. The fire house was built in 1949.

Harrah's Chester Casino, on Harrahs Boulevard. The racetrack and racino were built on part of the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company land, which closed in 1990. The shipyard mainly built oil tankers and was the largest shipyard in the United States during World War II. The racetrack opened in September 2006 and the racino was opened in January 2007.

A railyard leading into the Kimberly-Clark industrial site, along Morton Avenue.

Larkintown is a section of Chester developed by John Larkin, Jr, the first mayor of Chester, from the 1850s to the 1880s. The neighborhood is east of Downtown and is primarily residential, with Morton Avenue being a main route through the neighborhood.

Rowhouses on 12th Street.

Houses on Rose Street.

Houses on Walnut Street.

The old Chester Public School, later called the Morton School, on 7th Street at Morton Avenue. The school was built in 1869, and is now the True Vine Missionary Full Gospel Baptist Church.

The building for the Association of American Citizens of Russian Origin, on Morton Avenue.

The Wesley House, on Madison Street at 7th Street.

A warehouse on 6th Street.

A house on 8th Street.

Houses on 8th Street.

Abandoned rowhouses on Caldwell Street.

A building on Morton Avenue.

A duplex on 10th Street.

Rowhouses on Upland Street.

A corner store at 10th & Upland Street.

Sun Village was a company neighborhood built by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, formed by the Sun Oil Company in 1917, and built oil tankers for Sunoco and other corporations. Sun Village was developed in 1918.

Rowhouses on Elsinore Street.

Rowhouses on Terrill Street.

A duplex on Vauclain Street.

Houses on Morton Avenue.

Houses on Terrill Street.

Houses on Baldwin Street.

Rowhouses on McDowell Avenue.

Houses on Terrill Street.


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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Interesting. Where were all the crackheads and gangbangers?
I tried to avoid people; I lke to keep them out of my pictures even in nice places.

There were a lot of people in Larkintown who were doing nothing, and some that looked like they were selling drugs, but I didn't stop to take pictures in those areas. Generally, if there was a gruop of people on a street, I avoided them by turning onto a street with no one or with someone by himself or something like that. I got a few cold looks from residents, but no harm done so it's not a big deal now.
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