Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, with a population of 33,972 at the 2010 census. Chester is situated on the Delaware River, between the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. Since 1996, Chester has received 1.36 billion dollars in public and private investment. With these funds, the city has restored its parks system, improved and expanded housing, attracted new business, generated thousands of job opportunities, and invested funds into future development projects.
Eddystone is known as the largest producer of steam locomotives, and is named after the Eddystone Lighthouse in Plymouth, England. Eddystone is along the Delaware river and has been home to many plants throughout the years including the Munitions Plant and Rifle Works and General Steel Castings. Currently PECO Eddystone and Boeing Helicopters occupy these areas.
Marcus Hook area has a deep history dating back to the Leni Lenape movement into the region. Today, the Borough of Marcus Hook continues as a family oriented – pedestrian friendly community, where the main business district, public parks and buildings, schools, neighborhoods, and the riverfront are all within close proximity. The small town feel and more personalized sense of community prevails in Marcus Hook. Situated in the extreme southeastern corner of the state, Marcus Hook is proudly referred to as “The Cornerstone of Pennsylvania.”
Ridley was originally settled in 1644 by the Swedes and then the Dutch in 1655, the area was known as “Amos land”. In 1682, John Simcock of Ridley, Chesire, England, purchased some 2,875 acres from William Penn and named the area after his hometown. Ridley was first recognized as a Township in 1687 and became a first class Township in March of 1906.
The Township is located in the Southeast portion of the state and is approximately five square miles bordered by the Delaware River, Darby Creek, and what was Bow creek and the back channel around Hog Island. A large portion of the Philadelphia International Airport is on Tinicum soil. In recent years the Airport has expanded its operations within the township. United Parcel Service has its Eastern Hub on airport property and a new International terminal which should be completed late in 2002 are both within the township. Tinicum presently has a population of approximately 4350 people but with the eight hotels / motels which have a total of 1610 rooms, it is a temporary residence for many travelers and business persons.