Philadelphia Timeline, 1859
- January 4. Fire, factory, Lawrence Street above Brown. Loss, $35,000. Steam fire engines in efficient operation.
- March 3. Great fire, Second Street below Dock. Seventeen families burned out.
- March 14. Girard College Railroad goes into operation . (Ridge Avenue line).
- March 24. Chestnut and Walnut Street Railway, act of legislature, approved by council and bill signed by mayor. Company agreed to pay $100,000 towards bridge over the Schuylkill.
- March 27. Holy Trinity Church, Nineteenth and Walnut Streets, opened.
- April 19. new Western Market, Sixteenth and Market Streets, opened.
- May 30. Sunday cars run on Green and Coates Streets, (Fairmount Avenue) Railway.
- June 23. Arch Street Railway to Fairmount commences operations.
- July 17. (Sunday) Green and Coates Streets cars stopped by order of the Mayor.
- July 21-23. Sunday car case argument on habeas corpus before Justice Thompson of Supreme Court.
- July 23. Indignation meeting in Independence Square on Sunday cars.
- August 15. Grand trial of steam fire engines at Fairmount on account of visit of City Council of Cincinnati.
- August 20. Great fire. Stout's Planing Mill and Sewing Machine Factory, 18th Ward. Loss very heavy.
- September 8. Great fire. Good Intent Mills, 24th Ward.
- October 1. Fire. Hughes Hay Press, Jefferson Avenue and Marriott Street. No water to be had.
- October 24. Chestnut and Walnut Streets cars commence running to Twenty-second Street.
- November 21. market sheds in Market Street between Front and Eighth, demolition commenced.
- December 25. Dedication of Siloam Methodist Episcopal Church, Wood and Brown Streets (E. Susqehanna Avenue and Moyer Street).
- December 28. Washington Street Wharf fixed upon as the Delaware terminus of Pennsylvania Railroad.
Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA