The ability to move agricultural goods, manufactured products, and people commuting from home to work helped to unite the 27 boroughs, districts, and townships into one metropolis by 1854. Philadelphia Railroads features many seldom seen images and rare photographs documenting the leaders of Philadelphia's transportation world.
Philadelphia was founded by William Penn and has many of the iconic monuments of the American Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution introduced the use of power, from falling water and steam, as the motive force behind large-scale machinery in factories. Railroads became the fastest transportation for people and the most economical for goods during the 19th century.