Where and what is Wissinoming?
Wissinoming is a small neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia in the State of
Pennsylvania, United States of America. Most people would agree that the boundaries
of Wissinoming are the Delaware River on the east and Frankford Avenue on the west.
Some would put the northern boundary at Robbins Avenue, some at Levick Street. Few
agree on the southern boundary which some put at Cheltenham Avenue, some at Sanger Street,
and some at Bridge Street. The Philadelphia Planning Commission puts the southern
boundary at Cheltenham Avenue and the northern boundary at Levick Street. In any
case, Wissinoming is really a state of mind. If you identify with Wissinoming, it's
Why does Wissinoming have a WWW page?
To give the folks that live here a feel for what it was like in the "old
Yes. Formed in the Fall of 1991 by a small group of local citizens, John Altomari
was the Founder and first President. At the present time, the Society is inactive.
Who donated the material for this site?
Lots of public spirited people. First among them being Mickey McHeran, the
Dean of Wissinoming Historians, author of Wissinoming, my Hometown which is
available at two branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia: the Central Library at
Logan Circle and at the Tacony Branch at 6742 Torresdale Ave., call number 974.811 M183w.
Who lives in Wissinoming Today?
See the US Federal Census for 2000. Go to the web site at http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet,
and click on "Enter a street address" (in the left side of the screen).
On the next screen, enter any Wissinoming street address, and click "Go."
On the next screen, highlight/select the census tract line, and click
"Go." Scroll down a little and you'll find more information about
Wissinoming than you can imagine. Click on "Map It" to see adjacent
What does the word "Wissinoming" mean?
Almost certainly, Wissinoming is a corruption of one of the Native-American words
Quissinuminck (an early name for a branch of Frankford Creek) or Wissachgaman (a place
where grapes are).
Are there any Wissinoming photo collections?
The Temple University Libraries website has some Wissinoming related photographs on
their Digital Diamond web site. Type in
"Wissinoming" when you get there, then click on the search button. Some
Wissinoming photos can be found in the following books: Lower Northeast Philadelphia,
941.811 Ia8L; Historical Northeast Philadelphia, 974.811 H6285N; Take a Trip
Through Time, 974.811 T139A - all available at The Free Library. A mixed bag of
other photos are in the archives of the Wissinoming Historical Society - presently located
at the Bible Fellowship Church at Vankirk Street and Harbison Avenue, across from the
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