The Schuylkill River got its name, meaning Âhidden river,Â from Dutch settlers who discovered its mouth sequestered behind the Delaware RiverÂs League Island. It later became a river of revolutions. Along its banks Revolutionary War battles wereMoreThe Schuylkill River got its name, meaning Â�hidden river,Â� from Dutch settlers who discovered its mouth sequestered behind the Delaware RiverÂ�s League Island.
It later became a river of revolutions. Along its banks Revolutionary War battles were fought, and George WashingtonÂ�s army famously camped at Valley Forge. Later the river helped fuel the Industrial Revolution with coal from Schuylkill County shipped to Philadelphia via the Schuylkill Canal. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad began here and grew into the largest corporation in the world.
The iron and steel industry flourished along its waters. The Schuylkill River Desilting Project of the 1950s was the first large-scale cleanup of its kind and helped usher in an environmental revolution. The nationÂ�s first public water supply was developed here, and its first zoo and university overlook the river.