Category Archives: animals

York Fair 75 years ago

Only a few more days left to catch this year’s York Fair–food–top entertainers–food–animals–food–crafts–food–harness races–food (you get the picture). York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives has file boxes full of information, photographs and postcards of the York Fairs of the past, all … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, animals, entertainment, exhibits, fairs, food, horses, Universal York, York County, York Fair | Leave a comment

Escaped steer causes York turmoil

Can you imagine droves of cattle on Market Street? That was evidently a fairly common sight a hundred years ago. According to the June 18, 1907 York Dispatch article below, excitement ensued when one steer cut loose: STEER ON RAMPAGE … Continue reading

Posted in 1900s, animals, cows, Universal York, York County | 1 Comment

Racehorses Always Popular in York County

Lewis Miller drawing of 1804 York horserace I was intrigued to see that the famous stallion Smarty Jones will be staying just a couple of miles from me for a while. Ghost Ridge Farms, 860 Dietz Rd., York (between Longstown … Continue reading

Posted in 1800s, 1870s, 1920s, 1950s, 2000s, animals, horses, racing, Universal York, Windsor Township, York County | Leave a comment

York Fair–Fun, Food, Family and Friends

Chicken judging at York Fair, 1947 Time again for the York Fair. This year I hope to get there to sample in person two things I have included in posts the past year–harness racing and Bury’s hamburgers. It’s been a … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, 1870s, 1920s, 1950s, agriculture, animals, entertainment, fairs, food, racing, Universal York, West Manchester Twp., York County, York Fair | 2 Comments

Melodramatic Menagerie Comes To York, PA

Yorkers did not lack for entertainment. Traveling performers and theater groups of all kinds made regular stops in York. The draw of the menagerie was usually the assortment of exotic animals, but the one the came to town in May … Continue reading

Posted in 1840s, Abbotstown, animals, circus, Columbia, PA, entertainment, menageries, parades, Universal York, York | Leave a comment

Huge Bones Displayed in York, PA

What do you think they were? I just ran across an advertisement for an exhibition of really, really big bones in York in 1828. One bone was said to be 20 feet long. See below for the whole ad, quoted … Continue reading

Posted in 1820s, animals, exhibits, fossils, science, Universal York, York | Leave a comment

York Workman–a Rat Whisperer?

Nineteen hundred and eight was a very strange year in York County. Click here to read about Rex Fire Company’s building out in the middle of Duke Street. My last post was about Judge Wanner ruling in favor of a … Continue reading

Posted in 1900s, animals, manufacturing, rats, Universal York, York | Leave a comment

York County Judge Rules in Favor of Mule

In a previous post I pointed out that traffic accidents made the news long before automobiles were invented. Click here to read about some pre-auto mishaps. The advent of the motor car caused just added to the mix, as shown … Continue reading

Posted in 1900s, accidents, animals, automobiles, Chanceford Twp., highways, mules, roads, Spry, Universal York | Leave a comment

York Going to the Dogs for Over 100 Years

It seems like every year we hear of York County connections to the premier Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Just this year a toy poodle from Dillsburg named Vikki won the best of breed to make it to the finals. … Continue reading

Posted in 1900s, animals, competitions, dogs, Glen Rock, Hanover, New York, Universal York, York | Leave a comment

York Area Smell “…so nauseous that horses will not pass the place.”

1876 Pomeroy, Whitman map of York Township showing the paper mill/shinnerhannes site. It seems like I’ve been writing a lot about ailing or dead large animals in York County. When you think about it, there were a whole lot of … Continue reading

Posted in 1890s, animals, cattle, horses, mills, recycling, Universal York, York Township | Leave a comment