Category Archives: horses

York traffic accidents, 1884 style

Just because they didn’t have automobiles doesn’t mean streets and roads were free of accidents in the 19th century. The accounts below appeared on the front page of the November 19, 1884 edition of the York Daily under the heading … Continue reading

Posted in 1880s, horses, hunting, roads, transportation, Universal York, wagons, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on York traffic accidents, 1884 style

York County covered bridges had rules

We look at covered bridges, or memories of the now mostly extinct bridges, as picturesque remnants of the past. But they were not built to be charming. They were vital links in the transportation system. The walls and roof were … Continue reading

Posted in animals, bridges, Columbia, PA, cows, fires, horses, Susquehanna River, Universal York, Wrightsville, York County | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on York County covered bridges had rules

Road accidents didn’t just start with automobiles

When you think about it, cars are easier to control than horses; your Ford Mustang isn’t going to get spooked by a train. The December 4, 1877 York Gazette reported two accidents, one quite harrowing, near Smith’s Station in Heidelberg … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, accidents, Adams County, Heidelberg Twp., horses, manufacturing, railroads, roads, trains, Universal York, wagons, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Road accidents didn’t just start with automobiles

Popular actor Jimmy Stewart came to the York Fair

I know it’s not York Fair season, but we’re just coming out of Jimmy Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life) season, so this blog is somewhat timely. Years ago, probably when the Gazette and Daily became the York Daily Record, their … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, Adams County, entertainment, horses, Motion pictures, racing, Universal York, York County, York Fair | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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 | Comments Off on York Fair 75 years ago

York County native said to have captured J. W. Booth’s horse after Lincoln assassination

I’ve already told the story of Edman “Ned” Spangler, son of a York County sheriff and one of the so-called “Lincoln conspirators.” With all the recent to-do about the John Wilkes Booth bobble-heads that were on sale several Lincoln-related sites … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Civil War, crime, horses, Lincoln Conspiracy, Uncategorized, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on York County native said to have captured J. W. Booth’s horse after Lincoln assassination

York Fair food is still good and the horses are still trotting.

Where was everyone? It was perfect weather for the fair this evening, but the crowd seemed mighty sparse. Granted, there was no big-name act on the grandstand, but there were bands playing for free, the harness races were free, the … Continue reading

Posted in 1890s, entertainment, fairs, food, horses, racing, Uncategorized, Universal York, York County, York Fair | Tagged | 3 Comments

Horses Still Trotting at the York Fair

York Fair time again—where did the year go? Time again to have a Bury’s hamburger at one of the two or more stands that claim they make the real thing. I think they are all run by relatives of the … Continue reading

Posted in fairs, horses, racing, Uncategorized, Universal York, York Fair | Tagged | 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 | Comments Off on Racehorses Always Popular in York County

More on York County Horse Thieves

Recently I quoted the notice for the 1858 annual meeting of the York County Horse Thief Detecting Society. Since the by-laws required that all members be present at the meeting, I am listing the names below. Perhaps one of your … Continue reading

Posted in 1790s, 1850s, crime, horses, organizations, Universal York, York County | Comments Off on More on York County Horse Thieves