Excerpt from Philadelphia and Its Environs
Lehigh Valley, or by the great main line of the Pennsyl vania Railroad. By this latter, traversing as it does the magnificent agricultural counties of Lancaster, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery, the traveller is brought to the city through the very garden of Pennsylvania. His approach to the metropolis is signalled by the frequency of gentlemen's country-seats which attend his progress and which, with their artistic and picturesque dwellings and their well-kept lawns, most beautifully diversify the view. A few miles from the city he passes one of the most cele brated of the near-by summer resorts of the fashion and culture of Philadelphia, - the Devon Inn, - kept by the Messrs. Crump, who are also proprietors of the Colonnade Hotel in the city. The towered and gabled structure con stituting this noted hostelry stands to the right of the road, and is a prominent and pleasing object in the landscape. Coming to the Schuylkill the river is crossed by an iron bridge which joins the elevated viaduct leading into the Broad Street Station. This elevated way is a splendid example of constructive engineering, and fitly illustrates the enterprise of the great corporation whose property it is.
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