Category Archives: disasters

Duck and Cover

Do we paint the 1950s as an untroubled time? Wrong! The 1950s began less than five years after the end of World War II. And we do remember what triggered the end of that war, don’t we? When refiling some … Continue reading

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Hanover man recalls meteor shower and Gettysburg prisoner escapes

Newspaper stories of the past often have references to things that were familiar to them, but not us. This leads to more research to find out what they are talking about. The item below, from the May 21, 1903 York … Continue reading

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Susquehanna ice piled 40 feet high in 1911

Last week Jim McClure included a link to photos on his blog post of a few years ago of Susquehanna River ice pushing over the banks in January 1959. They were originally shared by Jim Buckner, and taken by his … Continue reading

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More on the devastating 1915 Hanover, Pa. tornado

Here are a few more of the details of the aftermath of the August 21, 1915 Hanover tornado that I described in my previous post. The newspaper accounts list hundreds of instances of damage. The newspapers also say that none … Continue reading

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Roofs, lumber and gloves were flying during Hanover’s 1915 tornado

I was looking through the Hanover photograph files at York County Heritage Trust and came across these photos of the wreckage left behind by the 1915 Hanover tornado. I had heard of it, but never imagined it was so destructive. … Continue reading

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York County people have weathered some serious storms

We should not panic when we hear of impending storms and flooding, but neither should we be complacent. If an area is to be evacuated, the smart thing to do is leave before you find yourself underwater. Fellow blogger Blake … Continue reading

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York County Links with the Titanic

There has been a lot of coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster this week. As with many events, there usually seems to be some kind of York County connection. There are several local ties to the Titanic … Continue reading

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Flood of 1933 Raged through Felton

In a post last week I noted that the Flood of 1933 took out two covered bridges at Muddy Creek Forks. Felton is further upstream on the north branch of Muddy Creek, but in a valley, so waters rage and … Continue reading

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Farewell to York County covered bridges.

No wonder York County can’t claim any covered bridges anymore. Hurricane Agnes destroyed the last one, at Bentzel’s Mill, in 1972. Previous storms and floods took their toll of many others over the years. Lila Fourhman-Shaull, Director of Library and … Continue reading

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York Descendent Shocked by Titanic Disaster

A previous post noted that a native Yorker, Richard M. Watt, was an expert witness in court concerning why the “unsinkable” Titanic sank. Click here to read that post. No one was more surprised that April day than the vice-president … Continue reading

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