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All About Kingsessing, PA

The medical malpractice attorneys in Kingsessing, PA, at Justice Guardians invite you to get to know the community and its history better.


The neighborhood is situated in the Southwest region of Philadephia within Philadelphia County in the state of Pennsylvania. The Schuylkill River flows along the eastern edge, while Cobbs Creek flows along the neighborhood's western border. Springfield Avenue intersects with South 54th Street in the town's center. Other roadways include South 58th Street and Greenway Avenue. Some of the closest communities include Grays Ferry, Elmwood Park, Squirrel Hill, and Angora.

Early History

The town was named after the Lenape term that translates place with a meadow. The first European settlers included the Finns and the Swedes. Farms and orchards began to flourish in the area, causing it to become the state's hub for nurseries and florist gardens. 

Historical Landmarks

Bartram's Garden is the oldest botanical garden located in the United States. It sits on a property of 50-acre and was established in 1728 by John Bartram. Bartram was an Anglo-American colonial botanist born into a Quaker family. Despite his lack of proper education, he had many interests that included medicine and medicinal plants. He made a successful business out of his hobby by connecting with other botanists.

The property of the garden was once territory belonging to the Lenape Native Americans and sits on the Schuylkill River. Rambo's Rock, another attraction that unfortunately disappeared years ago, once sat on the property. Many pictures depict this old relic before it vanished.

In 1976 the existing Grays Ferry Bridge was constructed and still contains a four-lane highway, but the original structure dated back to 1902. Prior to bridges, three ferries allowed access across the river; they included:

  • Upper Ferry, or Sculls Ferry
  • Middle Ferry
  • Lower Ferry

The historic elementary school, S. Weir Mitchell Elementary School, is located on Kingsessing Avenue. Construction began in 1915, and Henry DeCoursey Richards designed it in a Late Gothic Revival style. 


Many of the households within the community are low-income. Approximately 59.9% of the neighborhood children live at or below the country's poverty rate. The working residents are often employed in the following professions:

  • 33.3% sales and service jobs
  • 32.8% manufacturing and laborer careers
  • 20.6% clerical, assistant, and tech support roles
  • 13.3% executive, management, and professional positions

Within the neighborhood's population, 13.5% of the residents were born outside of the United States. Most of the townspeople speak English, but 2.1% speak Spanish as their first language. The neighborhood is fairly diverse, and the following ancestries can be found within the community:

  • 24.7% Jamaican
  • 6.5% Sub-Saharan African
  • 5.8% African
  • 2.4% Puerto Rican
  • 1.5% Irish

Learn more: Discovering the History of University City, PA 

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The Kingsessing, PA, medical malpractice attorneys at Justice Guardians have years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice and neglect. Our team fights to get each client the maximum compensation they rightfully deserve. Call today for a free review of your possible case.

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David Petrone
Date Published: November 19, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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