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1821 map of York and Adams counties is a real treasure

I have written before about York’s multitalented William Wagner. One of his lasting legacies as an engraver is the Map of York and Adams Counties that he published with Daniel Small in 1821. This map is still very useful today … Continue reading

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s lasting legacy in the lower Susquehanna

Happy 249th birthday to one of my favorites, English-American architect and engineer Benjamin Henry Latrobe. His mother, Margaret Antes of Germantown, Pennsylvania, had been sent to England to further her education. There she met Moravian minister Benjamin Latrobe, and their … Continue reading

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York County 1860 Shearer and Lake wall map is a another great resource

Two of my recent posts were on historical atlases, first the 1876 York County atlas reprinted with the 1903 York City atlas, and then on the atlases of some other Pennsylvania and Maryland counties available for use at the York … Continue reading

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More on historical atlases of York County and other counties.

My previous post was on the combined 1876 York County township atlas and 1903 York City atlas. A friend just reminded me that the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society published two indexes to the 1876 atlas. The indexes are available … Continue reading

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York County 1876 atlas and York City 1903 atlas–prime research tools (and fun too)

I often use portions of maps from the combined 1876 York County atlas and 1903 York City atlas in my posts. It occurred to me that not everyone might be familiar with these invaluable sets of maps, so here is … Continue reading

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York, PA Had Its Own Wall Street

Wall Street, 1903 A colleague recently asked me where Wall Street used to be in York. It doesn’t appear on present-day maps. A search through old maps with a magnifying glass located a tiny little Wall Street in the 1903 … Continue reading

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Mapping York, PA’s Past

Part of Freystown, 1876 Maps are fascinating. They document the charges in communities over the years. You can see how residential, social, and industrial patterns evolve as an area grows, or in some cases, retracts. I recently looked at the … Continue reading

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North, South, East, West–Where Are These York Streets?

East Street, 1903 Like many cities, York, Pennsylvania has a street named for each direction of the compass. I must admit, though, I had to look at a current atlas to find East Street, even though I go by it … Continue reading

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How Did They Get There from York?

Click here for the Library of Congress zoomable 1751 Fry-Jefferson map. I recently wrote about York County residents being recruited to move to Virginia in the 1870s. Click here to read that post. There were several paths, following very early … Continue reading

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Many, Many Mills in York County, Pennsylvania

The Lewis Miller drawing above shows a busy King’s Mill in 1799. In a previous post I mentioned that, now and in the past, we are impressed by the biggest and the best. Sometimes, though, we must stop and wonder … Continue reading

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