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A Tour of Olney-Oak Lane, PA

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The car accident attorneys in Olney-Oak Lane, PA, sponsor this article to present a detailed excerpt about the area.

Olney-Oak Lane is a section north of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The area is often included as part of North Philadelphia by city government agencies. However, the area is commonly referred to as "Uptown."

Olney-Oak Lane belongs to ZIP codes 19120, 19126, 19138, 19141, and 19150.


Olney-Oak Lane is comprised of several smaller neighborhoods, each with its own charm and appeal. The diverse ways of life amongst the neighborhoods are what makes Olney-Oak Lane so unique. The neighborhoods that make up Olney-Oak Lane are East Oak Lane, West Oak Lane, Feltonville, Fern Rock, Logan, Koreatown, Ogontz, and Olney.

To get a picture of life in Olney-Oak Lane, one must look into these neighborhoods beginning with East Oak Lane.

Cheltenham Avenue and Broad Street border east Oak Lane. The area was settled in 1693 by William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, and was actually the founder's first neighborhood. East Oak was first known as Milestown and flourished as farmland. The neighborhood is well known for the Milestown School, built in 1745 and donated in 1761 by Joseph Armitage. In 1866, the building was granted to the city of Philadelphia for a public school.

Nearby East Oak Lane is West Oak Lane, a neighborhood primarily developed in the 1920s and 1930s. The neighborhood was known as the site of the historic tavern, Cedar Park Inn, built in the early 19th century. Until the 1960s, the area was mainly Caucasian but today is one of Philadelphia's middle-class African American communities.

On the east end of the borders of Olney-Oak Lane is Feltonville, a working-class neighborhood east of Logan and Hunting Park. In 1890, the neighborhood was known as "Wyoming Villa" and is best known as the site of Feltonville School, a historic building added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Also nearby is Fern Rock, situated between Broad Street, Tabor Road, 7th Street, Godfrey Avenue, and Fisher Park. The neighborhood was named after the ancestral estate of Elisha Kent Kane, a renowned arctic explorer and naval surgeon from Philadelphia.

The Logan neighborhood was once part of the plantation of James Logan, was a Scots-Irish colonial American statesman, administrator, and scholar who served as the fourteenth mayor of Philadelphia. Until the 1970s, Logan was predominately a Jewish neighborhood. Koreans moved into the area but then migrated to the area known today as Koreatown.

Between North Philadelphia and Cheltenham stands Koreatown, Philadelphia's first Koreatown, which moved from the Logan neighborhood in Olney. When the move occurred, tensions were high amongst the Korean, German, and African American residents due to a disapproval of the area being named Koreatown. The tensions arose in violence and resulted in crimes committed against Koreans and other Asians in the area.

Adjacent to West Oaklane, Logan, and Fern Rock is Ogontz. The neighborhood was named after a Native American chieftain and is best known as the site of The Central High School, Special Troops Armory, and Suffolk Manor Apartments which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lastly, Olney is a relatively quiet neighborhood named after the estate of Alexander Wilson. Despite the area being largely residential, some commercial centers exist in the neighborhood, such as 5th Street, a Korean-American business district.

Olney-Oak Lane holds various fantastic neighborhoods and is a great, diverse area to visit or reside in.

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 18, 2021
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