The Penn Society Obelisk

The Penn Society Obelisk (HM1KLE)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19125 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 58.008', W 75° 7.722'

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Penn Treaty Park

On 19 September 1825, a report on the location of Penn's Great Treaty was read by Robert Vaux, Vice-President of the Council of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It was Vaux's suggestion that the society should plan an "obelisk of granite" with the appropriate inscription at the traditional spot of the treaty where the great elm had once stood at Shackamaxon. The obelisk was erected by the Penn Society in 1827 and is the earliest public monument in Philadelphia. Over the years, there has been debate about whether or not the obelisk actually marks the spot of the great elm. It was this debate that initiated the movement to make a history site of the land surrounding the obelisk. Thus, the notion of Penn Treat Park was born.
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Date Added Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 489008 N 4424080
Decimal Degrees39.96680000, -75.12870000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 58.008', W 75° 7.722'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 58' 0.48" N, 75° 7' 43.32" W
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Area Code(s)215
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2001 Beach St, Philadelphia PA 19125, US
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