Category Archives: highways

York County covered bridges lost to progress–Part Four

 I could go on about the dozens of picturesque covered bridges that used to dot the York County countryside, but this will be my last post on them for now. I realize that they were rendered obsolete by mid-twentieth century … Continue reading

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York County covered bridges lost to progress–Part Two

My last post outlined the 1948 fate of a covered bridge over the Little Conewago Creek just east of Zion’s View on Canal Road. It linked Conewago and Manchester Townships. At the same time a Hellam Township bridge over Kreutz … Continue reading

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York County covered bridges lost to progress–Part One

While researching my recent York Sunday News column on the 1815-1818 McCall’s Ferry Bridge, I came across quite a few clippings in the Covered Bridge file at the York County History Center on the county’s covered bridges biting the dust. … Continue reading

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More Susquehanna bridges proposed in 1933

As I mentioned in my recent York Sunday News column on Theodore Burr’s 1815 bridge at McCall’s Ferry, the lower part of York County did not have a lasting river bridge until the Norman Wood bridge was erected in 1968. … Continue reading

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Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. wanted to beautify Codorus Creek banks too

You might have recently read in the York Daily Record concerning proposed improvements and beautification of the Codorus Creek through part of the city. Wouldn’t it be great if this time something comes of it? Seemingly innumerable similar proposals have … Continue reading

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Keystone shaped signs mark entrances to many Pennsylvania towns.

I see York city is restoring its Keystone markers, those familiar keystone with a rectangle signs that tell you the town you are entering, where its name came from and how many miles down the road to another town. Good … Continue reading

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More on the Roads to Red Lion

Dallastown to Red Lion, 1876 and 1928 A recent post related the troubles motorists had traveling from Dallastown to Red Lion in the fall of 1928 because of road construction and deep mud on the detour. I was asked exactly … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Mud between Red Lion and Dallastown

You think road construction causes problems for motorists now? The following news article, from the October 19, 1928 York Gazette, might make you appreciate modern techniques.

Posted in 1920s, automobiles, Dallastown, highways, Red Lion, roads, streets, Universal York | 1 Comment

Wrightsville Was Hopping in 1877

Wrightsville has always occupied an important location in the transportation network. The Monocacy Trail, orginally a Native American path, became one of the first roads for the European settlers to York County and beyond. That road crossed the Susquehanna River … Continue reading

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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

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