Water History PHL

The History of Philadelphia's Watersheds and Sewers

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    James W. Phillips Letter Book, 1904-1913

    James Walter Phillips (1860-1938) was an engineer who worked more than 40 years for the Bureau of Surveys in Philadelphia’s Department of Public Works. He ultimately rose to head the Grade Crossing Removal Division, in charge of removing dangerous street-level railroad crossings, which was usually accomplished by building bridges over the streets to carry the…