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After all, Philadelphia was founded in 1682 and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Some sources in fact claim that it’s difficult to conduct any kind of construction work beneath its streets without stumbling across some buried piece of history.

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Thankfully, however, Julie Snell, a tree surgeon, just happened to be passing by on her bike. And when she saw what the workers had uncovered, she knew that something was up. “This didn’t look like a normal tree,” she said in a May 2017 interview with The Washington Post.

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Coincidentally, Snell had recently attended a talk by Adam Levine, a historian with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). More than 200 years old, this historic organization was founded in 1801 – only one year after the city lost its status as the capital of the United States to Washington, D.C.

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