Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


Omnibus Routes, 1854

map depicting Philadelphia's omnibus route in 1854

Omnibus routes set precedents for later public transportation systems in Philadelphia. (Map by John Hepp)

Map by John Hepp

Omnibus routes set the precedent for later street-based public transportation systems in Philadelphia. This map is based on the information contained in George West Blake, “Record of Omnibus Lines in the City of Philadelphia, 1851-1854,” held by the Hagley Museum and Library, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, Del. This notebook is the best surviving source for Philadelphia’s omnibus network at its peak.

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