I lived outside of philadelphia or Philly as most call it for a chunk of my life and I always liked the city and have a soft spot of the businesses there.
So when I got interested into saws and realized the biggest name in saws. . . . Disston was made there I went looking online any references but never got around to visiting what’s left. As it turns out some of the builds still stand and it was quite close. This past weekend with nicer weather and already being in the area I stopped to take a few pictures.
If you’ve ever see Disston in it’s hay day it’s was a really large complete. Present day less then a 1/4 of the building still stand but the area is largely undeveloped. Whats left is used for impound lots and vand/Truck feet storage and gated off with dogs so it’s hard to get any good pictures, the dogs don’t sound friendly ;-) so keep that in mind as you look at the pictures. It was best to keep moving!
You can see that some of the building have the Keystone with D in the middle.
Possible metal furnace & foundry
I read about about these on-line and it’s what first peaked my interest. From the water you can see them and I always wondered what they
these are used Grinding stones that were later repurposed for bulkhead on the Delaware River.
Very Cool, I have no idea how heavy they are but wouldn’t they be cool in your shop!
When you get closer you can see kids carved names in them but I couldn’t find any Disston marks as to what they were for.