Philadelphia Timeline, 1860
- January 5. Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann falls dead at Thirteenth and Vine Streets.
- January 9. Obsequies of Bishop Neumann at St. Johns Cathedral, Thirteenth Street above Chestnut. Buried at St. Peter's Church, Fifth Street and Girard Avenue.
- February 13. Continental Hotel open for visitors, and open for quests February 16.
- April 25. Public Building Commission holds its first meeting under act of legislature.
- May 7. Fire, Tattersall's Stables, Filbert, below Thirteenth. 28 horses burned.
- May 24. Fire, Richmond and Schuylkill River Railway (Girard Avenue line) Depot, Girard Avenue and Twenty-Sixth Street.
- May 24. Cornerstone of Episcopal Hospital, Lehigh Avenue and Front Street, laid.
- July 6. Public Buildings Commissioners decide on Penn Square as the site of the court houses.
- July 13. Fire. Kimball & Gorton's car factory, Fifteenth Ward.
- July 22. Fire. Yard, Gilmore & Co.'s store, 40-42 North Third Street. Loss, $50,000.
- July 26. Tremendous tornado at Camden, NJ. Factory blown down. Three men killed.
- September 6. Plans for Public Building adopted.
- September 20. Contracts for Public Buildings awarded to John McArthur, Jr.
- October 9-11. Visit of Prince of Wales.
- October 19. Fire. Franklin Building, Sixth Street, below Arch.
- November 12. Sensation from threats of secession at the South. Great depression of stocks.
- November 22. Philadelphia banks suspend specie payments.
- November 23. Destructive fire, Twelfth and Willow Streets.
Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA