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(Reprinted from La Salle: A Quarterly La Salle University Magazine, Fall 1998)
The story of the south campus begins, as any settlement of a new country must, with the land itself. Early in the eighteenth century, the horseback rider exploring his 500-acre "plantation" acutely felt what we in our cars scarcely notice: La Salle’s property, approached from the south, rises as a formidable hill. And the rider observed, as we no longer can, two pristine and swift-moving creeks--one following the line of present-day Belfield Avenue and the other that of Ogontz Avenue.
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Butler, James A., "Three Centuries on the South Campus" (1998). Local History Essays. 4.