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Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

The first European settlers in the area were Swedes. They called the settlement that became Chester first "Finlandia" (the Latin name for Finland), then "Upland" (see the Swedish province of Uppland and the borough of Upland). They built Fort Mecoponacka in 1641 to defend the settlement.

By 1682, Upland was the most populous town of the new Province of Pennsylvania. On October 27, the ship Welcome arrived at the town, bearing William Penn on his first visit to the province. Penn renamed the settlement for the English city of Chester.

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  • 1682 - October 29 - William Penn lands at what is now Chester Pennsylvania
    1682-12-04 - 1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

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  • Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
    Old Court House, Chester, Pa., Erected in 1724
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  • 1854 - Chester
    Chester, a post-township in the S. part of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware river, 15 miles S. W. from Philadelphia. Population,...Read MORE...


  • News 1887 - KILLED BY A ROCKET. TERRIBLE ACCIDENT TO AN UPLAND LADY.
    Chester, Pa. - The wagonload of fireworks accidentally exploded and a flying missile does terrible work among the spectators, a horrible...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Chester
    Chester, a city of Delaware co, Pa., on the Delaware River, 15 miles below Philadelphia, and on the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, 14 ...Read MORE...


  • Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
    Scene in Chester Park
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  • 1914 - The City of Chester
    Chester is located on the Delaware river, fifteen miles below Philadelphia, and fourteen miles from Wilmingon, Delaware. As Upland it was settled by...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Chester, a city of Delaware co., Pa., on the Delaware River, 15 miles below Philadelphia, and on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore and the...Read MORE...


  • 1918 - race riots in Chester (PA), five killed

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  • Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
    Market Street
    Postcard
  • News 1928 - TWO MEN ARE KILLED, ONE HURT IN EXPLOSION AT WESTINGHOUSE PLANT. CHIEF INSPECTOR JOHN T. SNYDER, SWATHMORE, FOREMAN WILLIAM C. COGLEY, PROSPECT PARK, VICTIMS OF TURBINE BLOW-UP - LIVES BLOTTED OUT DURING TEST OF FINISHED PRODUCT.
    Two men were instantly killed and one injured by the explosion of a steam turbine in the erection shop of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing ...Read MORE...




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Old Court House, Chester, Pa., Erected in 1724
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Scene in Chester Park
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Market Street
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  • 1682 - October 29 - William Penn lands at what is now Chester Pennsylvania
    1682-12-04 - 1st General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

    historyorb.com
  • 1854 - Chester
    Chester, a post-township in the S. part of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware river, 15 miles S. W. from Philadelphia. Population,... Read MORE...

  • News  1887 - KILLED BY A ROCKET. TERRIBLE ACCIDENT TO AN UPLAND LADY.
    Chester, Pa. - The wagonload of fireworks accidentally exploded and a flying missile does terrible work among the spectators, a horrible... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Chester
    Chester, a city of Delaware co, Pa., on the Delaware River, 15 miles below Philadelphia, and on the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, 14 ... Read MORE...

  • 1914 - The City of Chester
    Chester is located on the Delaware river, fifteen miles below Philadelphia, and fourteen miles from Wilmingon, Delaware. As Upland it was settled by... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Chester, a city of Delaware co., Pa., on the Delaware River, 15 miles below Philadelphia, and on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore and the... Read MORE...

  • 1918 - race riots in Chester (PA), five killed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  1928 - TWO MEN ARE KILLED, ONE HURT IN EXPLOSION AT WESTINGHOUSE PLANT. CHIEF INSPECTOR JOHN T. SNYDER, SWATHMORE, FOREMAN WILLIAM C. COGLEY, PROSPECT PARK, VICTIMS OF TURBINE BLOW-UP - LIVES BLOTTED OUT DURING TEST OF FINISHED PRODUCT.
    Two men were instantly killed and one injured by the explosion of a steam turbine in the erection shop of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing ... Read MORE...

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