The Journal of Philadelphia Waterfront Heritage & Archaeology

Current Issue: Volume 1 2016

The Golden Fleece Hotel: A Checkered History

By Samuel Pickard

Within only a few years of opening the Golden Fleece , William Gould and his hotel found themselves in the press when members of the notorious Schuylkill Rangers gang executed a one-night burglary spree in Richmond. They ransacked several nearby stores, but when they got to the Golden Fleece, they awoke the Goulds’ dog and ran off. Unfortunately, William Gould was not always on the right side of the law, as evidenced in an incident several months before when an argument with a man on a trolley came to blows in the street.