Category Archives: Ma & Pa Railroad

From York to Washington for the Garfield inauguration

Some time ago I wrote a York Sunday News column on Dr. William Bigler’s 1890 trip to Florida to visit his son. In those days of railroads snaking all over the county, it might have been easier to travel from … Continue reading

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1907 York news, trivial and tragic

Here is what was happening in York County in 1907, according to the York Daily of June 13. News from Dallastown: “The mail from York due here at 7:30 o’clock on account of a freight wreck at Waterville did not … Continue reading

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Off to Springwood in 1874

In a recent post, I shared some 20th century history and photos of Springwood Park in York Township. The park closed in 1954, after operating about 80 years. Springwood was developed as a destination for picnicking and dancing by the … Continue reading

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Back in Time with the Ma & Pa Railroad

Muddy Creek Forks store and station Today I went back about a century just by traveling a few miles into southeastern York County. For years I have been meaning to get down to Muddy Creek Forks on a Sunday afternoon. … Continue reading

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York Basket Makers in Bull Frog Alley

You may have heard of Bull Frog Alley and wondered where it was. The following 1878 York Gazette article tells about the basket makers living there.

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Hermits in Hellam and Rabbits at Delta

One hundred and ten years ago this week, the Gazette noted the semi-annual visit of hermit Joel Strong of Hellam township to see his friend, Al Boll, of Ebner’s Cafe. It seems Mr. Strong walked the eight miles each way … Continue reading

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