Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Glendale golf or warhousing take your pick!

The 9 hole golf course Glendale was built in the late 1920's and was removed in 1940 to build war housing


Delaware County War housing

With World War 2 already underway in Europe the government knew it was only a matter of time before the United States entered the war. By mid 1940 places like Westinghouse, Baldwin's, General Steel etc. were already working 6 to 7 days a week filling orders for Europe. The problem was were to put all the workers. As hard as it is to imagine today much of lower Delaware County was still open space with some farms still operating. The government needed as much housing as they could get and quickly, they created 3 "cinder block" cities. There was Glen dale Heights at South Ave, and MacDade Blvd. in Glenolden, a former golf course that still looks the same today. Overlook  Heights in Woodlyn at Bullens Lane and MacDade Blvd. in Woodlyn now low income housing. The original homes were torn down in the 1980's. The third place was Tinicum Manor at Wanamaker Ave. and the Industrial Highway in Essington. The houses are now gone and the site is now a park and playing fields for Tinicum Twp. I have heard that there was a trailer park in Woodlyn opposite Overlook Heights in the area of todays Derwood Park.

Below is a picture of Glendale Heights from the mid 1940's. The name comes from Glenolden and Collingdale


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