So I walked into a bar in south Philadelphia and asked a waitress if she knew anything about the deadly explosion at a munitions factory on the site in 1862. No, she told me, but the place had a "weird, vacant bar" vibe before it became Triangle Tavern. Then I explored the 'hood and shot a video (above) before ordering a heartburn-inducing cheese steak (with sweet peppers!) at Pat's. What a day!
On March 29, 1862, Professor Samuel Jackson’s fireworks-turned-cartridge factory exploded, killing and injuring dozens of workers. It was the Civil War’s first munitions factory accident involving a major loss of life. No historical tablet marks the site of this deadly tragedy, an omission someone must rectify.