Photos from York County’s past: A collection of the work of Jim Goodling

In Monday’s Ask Joan column, I shared a photo from the late Jim Goodling of Hellam Township’s Valley View Park in its heyday.

I have some other photos taken by Jim to showcase today, kindly shared with me by his wife, Mary. I’ll share what info we know on what’s pictured, but in large part I’m hoping these will jog memories and more information from others reading!

This is our “we’re not sure it’s in York County” photo. We had thought that gate MIGHT look like Prospect Hill Cemetery, in the general area of North York, but we’re just not sure, so any details to confirm or disprove that would be great!

Jim took this photo in the 1968-69 York Riots era near former mayor Charlie Robertson’s house. The photo itself was of a home on West College Avenue in the city with “White Power” graffiti spray-painted onto it, a telling sign of the time.

This photo is from Chick’s gas station at Parkway and Smith in the city. If we can find who this young man modeling the “Chick’s Boys” shirt is… WOW, that would be awesome!

I just loved this photo – no idea where it was taken or who the man is, but it was just such a slice of front-porch life that I had to share.

This image shows a shop at Pershing and Front streets in the city.

This photo is very interesting. Our scanner was actually not big enough to scan the full-sized original, but that building in the background is North Hills Elementary School; in the original, the sign is visible at left. We think the angle is such that this view is looking across North Hills Road on the north side of Route 30, but that’s hard to confirm!

Thank you again, Mary, for sharing Jim’s work with us. I hope it draws many memories of the time!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Photos from York County’s past: A collection of the work of Jim Goodling

  1. Stephen H. Smith says:

    The Gulf Service Station was on the northeast corner of Whiteford Road (now Route 30) and North Hills Road; therefore you are correct that the view is across North Hills Road towards North Hills Elementary School. During my 4th, 5th and 6th grades, I was in classrooms in which the window view included that Gulf station. I think that I have a picture looking out my 6th grade room; which coincidentally is the room shown above the telephone booth in the photo. If I find that photo you’ll have a view in the direct opposite direction.

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