Upper Darby Township borders West Philadelphia in Delaware County . It is also home to the Tower Theater, a historic music venue on 69th Street built in the 1920s. Upper Darby's population is diverse and densely populated and known for its townhouses better known in the Philadelphia area as row houses.
It is only 2.8 miles from center city. Located just 2.8 miles from Center City. In 1907, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company recognized the potential for growth in the township and extended the Market Frankford elevated train line to 69th and Market Streets in Upper Darby to create the 69th Street station. This created the motivation to build a shopping district which has become one of the busiest shopping areas in and out of the city. A major population explosion followed. It is a the major transportation hub between the city and suburbs.
The Lenape Indian Tribe lived on the land that is now Upper Darby. European immigrants settled the area in the 1660's. It became part of the William Penn through a land grant in 1681.
The area was designated as part of of Darby Township, in Chester County and became part of Delaware County in 1789.Upper Darby was active in the antislavery movement. The Underground Railroad existed in many homes in Upper Darby.
There is an abundance of creeks and streams in the area favored the development of mills. It was is in Upper Darby that the first mills in Delaware County could be found.
The school district has one high school, 2 middle schools, 10 elementary schools.
Drexel Hill and the communities (or neighborhoods) of Aronimink, Beverly Hills, Bywood, Drexel Park, Highland Park, Llanerch Hills, Kellyville, Kirklyn, Oakview, Primos, Secane, Stonehurst, and Westbrook Park are part of Upper Darby Township.
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