Monday, November 4, 2019

Tinicum Township new homes with "spacious closets" !!

I'm hoping one of my readers recognizes this picture of Smith's Landing in Tinicum. I bought a number of glass negatives of Tinicum several years ago and this is one I can not identify. Any help would be appreciated.

 
 

NOTE: While working on another project I came across this article on Essington and the new town being built, Westinghouse Village. The description of the houses is a riot! Please read

 
 
 

 ESSINGTON

 New Homes

          Essington, Delaware County, is a lovely town site, situated on the highest ground that can be found between Darby Creek and the Delaware River, located on a large tract of land owned by the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company, and lies 4 miles from this city, and 10 miles from the City Hall, Philadelphia, on the Chester (Subway) Short Line.
          The new town site is beautifully erected and is intended to house many engineers, mechanics and other employees of the Westinghouse.  After the economic and social affairs of the residents are considered in the heart of this new town, wide and paved streets, cement walks, parks for playgrounds and athletic sports, churches, schools, stores, gardens, flower beds and attractive, modern and comfortable houses.
          The houses are constructed of brick and concrete, and contain four, five, six and seven rooms.  These rooms, lighted by electricity, modern fixtures, neatly decorated.  Each bedroom contains a spacious closet.
          The equipment of the bath room is white porcelain throughout.  A large supply of hot water, during the winter months, is assured as the hot water tank is connected with the hot air furnace, located in the cemented and dry cellar.  A gas jet is attached to the water tank for use during the summer months.
          The kitchen and its equipment of a combination coal and gas range, large pantry, porcelain sink, and two stationary wash tubs are so arranged that no time is lost in preparing a dinner or doing a family washing.
          The large back yard can be divided into a garden and a grass plot depending upon the choice of the tenant.
          Essington’s history is in the making as only part of the comprehensive plan is completed, it now has a population of nearly 3000.  The various improvements contemplated for this progressive town will be gradual as it is a permanent town and will grow in size with the development of the large and modern industrial plant known as the Essington Works on the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co., which is located just across the way.
 

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Monday, October 28, 2019

"Common Fame of being a witch" and more mill talks and tours

An aerial view of Seville Ave. and the Eddystone Print works c. 1930

 
 
 
NOTE: Halloween is here and witches will appear! The only witch trial in Penna. occurred in 1683 and she was from Delaware Co. imagine that. The entire trial was preserved in the Penna. Colonial Records published in the 1850's. Margaret Mattson was found guilty of the "common fame" of being a witch but not a real one!!
 
 

WITCHES AND THEIR ART IN THIS COUNTY 

A Noted Trial That Took Place Long Ago

 The Witch of Ridley Creek

              The record of the trial is found in Volume 1 of the Colonial Records of Pennsylvania, in which all the proceedings of the Provincial council are recorded.
            The two accused persons, old women, were Swedes, Margaret Mattson, wife of Noel Mattson, and Yeshro Hendrickson, wife of Hendrick Jacobson.  While both persons were called before the Council, the first only seems to have stood a regular trial.  Margaret Mattson lived on a plantation owned by her husband on the Delaware River, on the west side of Crum Creek, in Ridley Township, now Delaware County.  She was long known in local legends as “The Witch of Ridley Creek.”
            She was first brought before the Council on December 7, 1683, no provincial court having yet been organized in the colony, when her trial was set for December 27.  On that day the accused appeared in the city of Philadelphia before William Penn, his Attorney General, a grand jury of twenty-one persons, all English apparently, and a petit jury of twelve persons, one of whom Albertus Hendrickson, was a Swede.  One of the Council Lassse Cock was a Swede.  The grand jury brought in a true bill, reporting in the afternoon.  The indictment was then read to the accused.  She pleaded not guilty, the petit jury was empaneled, the trial held, the Governor charged the jury, which retired, brought in a verdict, the prisoner was discharged, and THE WHILE BUSINESS WAS CONCLUDED THAT SAME AFTERNOON SO FAR AS PENNSYLVANIA WAS CONCERNED, THE VERDICT was as follows:  “GUILTY OF HAVING THE COMMON FAME OF A WITCH, BUT NOT GUILTY IN MANNER AND FORM AS SHE STANDS ENDICTED.”           
            ASTROLOGERS AND NECROMANCERS – In 1695 John Roman and his two sons, residing in Chichester, were reported to be students of astrology and other forbidden mysteries.  The public tongue had so discussed the matter that on the tenth of the tenth month, 1695, Concord Monthly Meeting of Friends gravely announced that “the study of these sciences bring a vail over the understanding and that upon the life.”  John Kingsman and William Hughes were ordered to speak to the parties, and have them to attend at the next monthly meeting.  The offenders were seen and stated that if it could be shown wherein it was wrong, they would desist from further investigation in these arts.  For several months the matter was before the Concord Monthly Meeting without resulting in suppressing the evil.
            Extracts from the records of Concord Monthly Meeting commencing September 11, 1695, are interesting:  “Some friends having a concern upon them concerning some young men who came amongst friends to their meetings and following some arts which friends thought not fit for such as profess truth to follow, viz., astrology and other sciences, as Geomancy and Cliorvmancy and Necromancy, etc.  It was debated and the sense of this meeting is that the study of these sciences brings a vail over the understanding and a death upon the life.
            “And in the sense of the same, friends order Philip Roman be spoken too to know whether he have dealt orderly with his two sons concerning the same art; and that his two sons bespoke to come to the next monthly meeting; “friends orders John Kingsman and William Hughes to speak to Philip Roman and his two sons to appear at the next monthly.”
            CONVICTED IN COURT – The ease finally reached a stage through the report of the committee that Robert Roman was arrested, tried at Chester for practicing the black art, was fined five pounds and the following books were seized and burned; Hidon’s Temple of Wisdom, which teaches Geomancy, and Scott’s Discovery of Witchcraft and Cornelio's Agrippos teach Necromancy.”
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Colwyn, Name picked from a map, Ridley Park Talk Tonight!!

The Colwyn Fire Co. 0n parade from July 4, 1905. If any reader recognizes the location please let me know. Thanks Keith

 
NOTE: Colwyn''s name was little pulled from the air or actually off a map of Ohio State. Doing a talk on Ridley Park history see below.
 
 
 
 

HOW THE BOROUGH OF COLWYN WAS NAMED

 

It might be interesting to know how the Borough of Colwyn received its name and who named it Colwyn.
          Many years ago a group of men gathered in the house of George S. Drewes when he lived on Fourth Street, when it was not Colwyn.  Besides Drewes, this group included such men as Louis Disbrow, A. P. Hill and Samuel McAllister.
          They decided to organize a borough and following this decision they began the hunt for a name.  None of the group could think of any, so they gathered around an old Atlas and after searching through it they found an isolated Ohio town named Colwyn.
          “Let’s name the new borough Colwyn,” said Mr. Drewes and it became Colwyn.  It might be mentioned that Mr. Drewes served as its first president for nearly 22 years.  It is the second smallest borough in the State.  Millbourne on the dividing line of Philadelphia and Delaware County at 63rd Street and the West Chester Pike is the smallest.
          The two sons of George S. Drewes are:  William H. Drewes, an Upper Darby Commissioner living in Drexel Hill and Charles H. Drewes, undertaker and political leader of the Darby Borough.


 
The Ridley Park Historical Society
Is pleased to present
A Slide Show
featuring
A Picture History of Ridley Park
presented by
Delaware County Historian
Keith Lockhart
7:30 pm. Tuesday, October 22, 2019
At the Ridley Park Borough Hall Community Room
105 W. Ward Street, Ridley Park PA
Cost will be $5 per person.
Refreshments will be served




Monday, October 14, 2019

Legion Library for Norwood and Norwood Talk this Thursday October 17th!!

 
 

The Wesley Cross Legion Post on Cleveland Ave. in Norwood. The Library started here in 1925 backed by the Legion members

 
 
 
NOTE: Like many other early libraries, Norwood was open just one day a week. Early libraries relied heavily on local residents to donate books to the library for others to read. I will be giving a talk this Thursday, October 17 at 7pm. Please come!!
 
 
 
 

LEGION LIBRARY FOR NORWOOD

John Wesley-Cross Post Inaugurates New Civic Enterprise

          John Wesley Cross Post, American Legion, always first and foremost in matters of civic betterment, has organized a public library which will be thrown open to the public for the first time on Tuesday evening of next week.  The library is to be located in the Legion building on Cleveland Avenue and each Tuesday evening will be open from 7 to 8 o’clock in order to give the residents an opportunity to take out books.
          The library will be under the supervision of a joint committee of the Post and its Auxiliary and there will be both a Legion and Auxiliary member on duty each evening the library is opened.  The rules formulated by the Committee will permit any resident taking out a library card upon filling out an application stating a willingness to comply with the rules and be responsible to the extent of the payment of $1.00 for any books not returned. In the case of minors this responsibility to be assumed by the parent or some adult.  Books may be kept out for a period of two weeks after which time a charge of one cent per day will apply.
The above article is from May 1925 the one below is from October of 1926


 
The public library which was opened last summer by John Wesley Cross Post No. 507, American Legion now contains over 1000 volumes and has over 150 residents of the community taking out books.
          Most of the books have been received from residents of the borough.
          The library is free and anyone may become a member by filling out an application card.
          There is a very good assortment of books both for adults and children, and may be kept out for a period of two weeks after which a charge of one cent a day is assessed.
          The Library is open each Tuesday evening from 7 to 5 o’clock, and is located in the Legion Headquarters on Cleveland avenue north of Chester Pike.
          Those having books which they desire to donate to the library are requested to notify any member of the committee and they will be called for.
          The committee includes:  William Y. Irwin, C. R. Moore, W. L. Paul, Harvey Sparks, Harry White, Mrs. George F. Cassell, Miss Catherine Cross, Mrs. Wilson Grant, Mrs. W. L. Paul, and Mrs. Clara Roy.
 

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Monday, September 30, 2019

New Lansdowne Trust Co. opens!! More Mill activities coming!!





The first building of the Lansdowne Trust Co. was in the area of 27 S. Lansdowne Ave. This picture taken about 1910 is looking south toward Darby. In the background is the Penna. R.R. Bridge. In 1926 the Trust Co. built a new building at 1 West Baltimore Ave. Today that building is a Walgreens.

Note: A hundred years ago many Delco towns had their own banks and trust companies, just about all are gone now. Some of the buildings are still used for banking others are restaurants etc. 






HANDSOME BANK OPENED TODAY 

Lansdowne Trust Co.’s Home Inspected Today by Public


          Lansdowne Trust Company’s magnificent new bank building will be opened to the public this afternoon and evening, when President C. Russell Arnold, and other officers and directors of the banking institution will greet patrons and visitors, and show them through the splendidly equipped banking house.
          The bank building is large and designed in such a manner that nothing has been left undone to make the banking and transaction of business a pleasure for the patrons.
          The building itself is ornate in appearance and the structure adds materially to the business section of Lansdowne.
          The bank will open for business on Monday morning.
          The structure, built of Indiana limestone, tapestry brick and polished Dear Island granite, is two stories in height and its dimensions are 80 by 60 feet.  The interior of the banking room, which faces on the street, is finished in Knoxville marble, and the woodwork through the institution is of solid mahogany.
          The main vault is of the very finest modern vault construction, walls 18 inches in thickness, and treated with a special process that makes them absolutely impregnable, equipped with massive doors nearly one foot thick, and weighing 17,800 pounds, is also equipped with a burglar alarm, is fireproof, and its locks are electrically controlled.
          The safe deposit department is proportioned from the corridor by bronze grill, and containing a vault similar to that of the main one.  It is also divided into two sections, one for boxes, and the other for bulky valuables.  It is also equipped with five coupon rooms and a larger consultation room ensures privacy for patrons.
          There is a public ladies’ room on the corridor.  There is also the title department on this floor, consisting of the officers’ rooms and two settlement rooms.  This is the joint little department of the Lansdowne Trust Company and the Drexel Hill Title and Trust Company. There are, however, three settlement rooms at Drexel Hill Title and Trust Company. There are, however, three settlement rooms at Drexel Hill.  The employees in this department consists of nine girls and four men.  This is one of the largest departments of this kind in this county, and during this year there have been over 1200 settlements made, involving $20,000,000.
          The trust department, which has commodious quarters, and the Building and Loan department, which is built of marble and separated from the banking department, is equipped with teller’s windows.  The trust department carries a total fund of over $3,000,000.
          At the head of the main marble stairway, opposite the safe deposit department, is the balcony, containing the telephone exchanges which are modern in every detail.  One feature of this exchange is that the operator is concealed, but has a clear view of anything taking place in the bank.
          The directors’ room, which is at the opposite side of the upper corridor, and at the head of the stairway, is the latest in design and construction, being paneled in mahogany and furnished with massive table and high-back chairs.  The entrance to this room is made through a set of double plate glass doors.
          The advertising department contains all the printed matter, and multi-back chairs.  The entrance to this room is made through a set of double plate-glass doors.
          The advertising department contains all the printed matter, a multi-graphing, address-graphing machines, etc.
          The bank also contains a large community room, which has a seating capacity for 150 persons.  It contains a stage and retiring room, and can be used for civic or charitable purposes, absolutely free of charge.  The Women’s Federation and other societies have already made reservations for this room.
          In the basement is located the afterhours vault, where deposits may be made during any hour of the night.  This is done through a small vault door and chute inside of the building along the front entrance.
          A careful selection has been made in the arrangement of up-to-date equipment, the purpose of this being efficiency and labor-saving. Deposits of the bank are now over $34,000,000, with an additional $3,000,000 of trust funds, and about $2,250,000 of Building and Loan money housed under the same roof.
          The bank is equipped with the most modern of office supplies, and also has a marvelous lighting system.
          Business was started in a temporary building at 22 South Lansdowne Avenue on January 15, 1903. Business was transacted in a single room with an old-fashioned coal stove to heat the bank and an old iron safe to hold the deposits.
          Miss Mary L. Kennedy, new assistant treasurer of the Lansdowne Trust Company, was an employee when the bank first opened.
          In August 1903, the bank moved to a new building.  Deposits were then $213,498.
          In 1907, the bank easily weathered the financial panic which spread over the country prior to the creation of the Federal Reserve System.  Deposits then were $628,801.
          In 1916 a safe deposit addition was built to the bank.  Deposits then were $908,768.
          For the Liberty Loan campaign, President White was chairman of committee. Subscriptions totaled $2,034,200, nearly twice the quota.  The bank was awarded a five-star honor flag by the Secretary of the Treasury.
          In 1886, the Darby Saving Fund was organized by fourteen leading citizens in Lansdowne.  Daniel S. White, uncle of George Foster White, was made treasurer.  Business was conducted at Harlan Cloud’s drug store, Darby, with Mr. Cloud as receiving teller.
          In 1890, the first National Bank of Darby was founded and funds of the Darby Saving Fund were transferred there.
          A few years later the question of a bank for Lansdowne was discussed, and it was decided that deposits of the Darby Saving Fund, then $54,100, should form the nucleus to start the Lansdowne and Darby Saving Fund and Trust Company.
          The residence of Frederick Lang, Lansdowne Villa, alongside the P. R. R. station, was purchased by the new bank in July 1902, and a banking house was built on the site.
          In 1902 a charter was granted on September 11.  The capital stock was $125,000.  The first directors were:  Lewis L. Smith, George Foster White, Joseph T. Bunting, Dr. William P. Painter, Samuel S. Pennock, V. E. Bond, George B. Painted, Edward V. Kane, Morgan Bunting, Albert P. Hill, Charles L. Serrill, Dr. Edwin T. Darby, John M. Shrigley, W. Lane Verlenden and Enos Verlenden.  Six of the original directors are still on the board.
          George Foster White was elected first president, treasurer and trust officer; W. Lane Verlenden, first vice president; Joseph T. Bunting, second vice president, and Morgan Bunting, secretary.
          In December 1918, the deposits totaled $1,533,901.  The capital stock was increased to a quarter million dollars and 2500 shares were sold in blocks of not more than ten shares at $200 per share.
          George Foster White resigned as president in January 1925, which was on his seventy-eighth birthday.  Mr. White retired after twenty-three years’ service, and he was made chairman of the board.
          C. Russell Arnold, vice president of the First National Bank of Chester succeeded Mr. White and Henry L. Price was made treasurer.

         

 

 




Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Beechwood Park and DCHPN meeting on Wednesday in Marple

This rare postcard from 1907 shows Beechwood Park in its heyday. The park stood opposite of the current Beechwood Station on the Norristown High Speed line.

 
 

 NOTE: Trolley companies from 115 years ago would do anything to improve ridership in what was then a rural Delaware Co. That included building parks to increase ridership. Thanks to the Haverford Twp. Historical Society for the following information. The Park opened Memorial Day 1907 and closed Labor Day of 1908.  It was only open in the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day of those 2 years.  The property went into foreclosure and was sold at auction by Samuel T. Freeman on Jan. 19, 1909.  It was stated that the park was losing $700 per week since opening.  The financial "panic" of 1907 affected the ability of people to afford the luxury of a trip to an amusement park. 


 
 

NEW PARK IN DELAWARE COUNTY

Handsome Amusement Grounds Almost Completed Will Be Known as “Beechwood Park”

 Contracts All Awarded

            Philadelphia is to have another park this year.  It is known as “Beechwood Park” and is located on the main line of the Philadelphia & Western Railroad, three miles west of the Union passenger station, Sixty-Ninth Street and West Chester Pike in Delaware County.  All contracts have been awarded for the completion of the park which will be along the lines of the amusement parks in New York, Chicago, and other large cities.
            The park is divided into two sections one of which will be enclosed and developed wholly to amusements of the highest order.  The outer portion will be used for picnic parties and ample table and seating facilities will be provided for public and Sunday school parties that are already engaging dates for outings during the summer.  The amusement park, which is enclosed, consists of about ten acres property laid out and devoted exclusively to the best attractions and high class music while an additional ten acres of prettily shaded woodland comprise the picnic grove.
            A force of about 150 men is at work erecting the numerous buildings of the amusement park.  H.L. Messmore who built Electric Park Detroit, has the contract for the administration building, the restaurant and ballroom, and for the “fire-fighting” display which is his own invention.  This will be one of the important features.  A Philadelphia concern has the contract for the carouse and the Ingersoll Construction Company is erecting the Figure 8, while the Franklin Amusement company has the contract for installing the Canals of Venice and the Circle Swing.  A beautiful Japanese village is being laid out by F.U. Shitchl and Kango Moriya.
            The park attractions will be formed in a hollow square.  A boardwalk, 40 feet wide, will afford easy access to all amusements without the discomfort of great clouds of dust or muddy pathways.  The capacity of the park is estimated at 15,000 to 20,000.  The policy announced by the management prohibits the sale of the management prohibits the sale of liquors and special care will be given to women and children unaccompanied.
            Like the parks after which Beechwood is patterned, its lighting will be a feature.  Located opposite the immense power house of the Philadelphia & Western Railroad, sufficient power for thousands of electric lights has been secured.  More than fifteen hundred brilliant electric lights adorn the administration building which forms the front of the park and which is the first scene to greet visitors as they alight from the electric trains.  Within the grounds, thousands of lights cover the various buildings while many are lights illumine the promenades.   
            Every effort is being made to have Beechwood ready for opening on Decoration Day.  The Philadelphia & Western railroad will receive this week the first consignment of its passenger cars and the remainder of the equipment will arrive a few days later.  The railroad’s management is cooperating with the park management in planning to handle the big park crowds and many sidings are being installed at the park by which to load and unload the crowds.
            “Twenty-five minutes from Broad Street” will be the slogan of the railroad and park managements and the Market Street elevated road will operate sufficient additional cars to handle the increased crowds of the season.  The run from Broad and Fifteenth Street to Union Station and Sixty-Ninth and West Chester Pike will be made in nineteen minutes, while an additional six minutes will take one into the park.
            This new amusement place is being built and will be operated by the Beechwood Park Amusement Company, of which E.E. Downs is president and manager; Frank H. Libbey, treasurer, Don W. Libbey, secretary, and Horace S. Meese, assistant manager, President Downs has been engaged in managing electric railroading and railway parks for fifteen years.  Mr. Meese comes from Wonderland, Boston, and is well known to the amusement people.
            Two features of the park will be its music and its firefighting apparatus.  Bands of wide reputation are being secured for weekly engagements; the list of which will be announced shortly.  The firefighting display will consist of two fire engines, ladder trucks, hose carts and ninety men.  This force will also constitute the parks’ regular fire department for the season.
           
 
 
                       
 
 
 
 
 
 



Monday, September 16, 2019

Media Street Names and Civil War and Pirates this Weekend!!

 

I have posted this picture before trying to get a location. It is from a Media Boro photo album I have from the 1890's. Please take a good look, Thanks

 
 
 
MEDIA STREET NOMENCLATURE 











Many Borough Thoroughfares Named After Great Men in History

          The names of the streets of a town and where they came from makes very interesting information and the town of Media is no different in this respect from the thousands of towns throughout the United States.  Just where did Media get her names for its streets?
          Most of the important streets in Philadelphia, aside from the regularly numbered streets which run north and south were named by William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, for trees which were planted along the byways at the time the city was laid out.  Thus we come to have Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Locust Street, Pine Street and numerous others.
          Media did not get her street names from trees, although there were, and still are, plenty of different kinds of trees, and perhaps enough different kinds to supply names for all the streets of Media.  The little county seat, which was born seventy-five years ago, got its street names from two main sources.  One was from great men in American history and the other was from the names of fruit.
          Media doesn’t have very many street and those names after great American fruit trees, together with the number streets, include more than half of the streets of the town.
          The main street of Media, unlike most towns, does not take the stereotyped name of Main Street, but is called State Street, after the government of the people.  This street, together with the lower part of the “L” forms the business section of the county seat.  Beginning at the south end of Orange Street, the business section extends to State Street, where it turns east on State Street.  There are very few business houses anywhere else in Media except on the “L.”
          There are four streets running parallel to State Street on the south side which are named after great Americans.  Next to State is the street named after the Father of Our Country – George Washington.  This street is part of Baltimore Pike, which is a direct route from Philadelphia to Baltimore, and is known only as Washington Street through the borough.  It is a much-traveled street.
          Next to Washington is Jefferson Street – named after Thomas Jefferson, the third president of this country.  Next is Franklin Street, given its name after Benjamin Franklin, the great Philadelphian, whose accomplishments are so diverse that it would be hard to list them.  Abraham Lincoln comes in for his share of honor in the names by the street which is the furthermost south.
          Another important street in Media, but running in a perpendicular direction to the other streets is Jackson Street, the dividing line of the two east and west.  This street derived its name from “Old Hickory,” great general and president of the United States.  James Monroe, the fifth president of this country, gave his name to another street parallel to Jackson which extends north and south and runs into the State Road.
          NAMES FOR FRUITS – The streets which took their names from fruits are all north-south streets and are quite close together.  They are all located on the west side of Jackson Street and are Orange Street, Lemon Street, Citron Street, Olive Street and Plum Street.  The numbered streets of the town running from Front Street to Eighth Street, beginning with Front Street in front of the court house and going north to Eighth Street at the northern end of town.  Another street which might be classed with the fruit streets is Mulberry Lane, in Bowling Green, which begins in Media and runs east and north through that settlement.
          North Avenue and South Avenue, of course, derive their names from their location in respect to the court house.  South Avenue, which is the street on which most of the lawyers have their offices, begins at the front of the court house and extends south to the borough limits.  North Avenue lies between Second and Third Streets, directly opposite South Avenue.
          There are several other streets in the town which are quite important and gained their names in different manners.  Baker Street, which is believed to have gotten its name from the old Delaware County family by the name of Baker, was formerly part of the Baltimore Pike.  At one time, the route ran over what is now known as Baker Street.
          Providence Road secured its name from the pike which runs from Chester to Lancaster Pike and at one time was known as the Providence Great Road.  This road is now a very much used road and the Borough of Media never changed the name of the section which passed through the town.
          Manchester Avenue received its name because it was a direct road to the Pennsylvania Railroad station now known as Moylan-Rose Valley.  At the time the street secured its name, that little station and section was known as Manchester, having been named, it is believed, after the old town in England.  This avenue has retained its name, even though the station and settlement have been given a different name.
          Church Street, which is interrupted on its course north and south by the Presbyterian Church located on Washington Street, is so named because of this fact and also because the Catholic Church of the Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary is also situated on it.  West Street, of course, was named because it is the street on the western boundary of the county seat.