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Photography caught on quickly in York County

In 1826 Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) created the first real photograph known to exist today. The view from a window at Gras, France is also known as the “First Photograph,” and it is in the photography collection at the … Continue reading

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Lewis Miller image of General Jacob Dritt discovered

The staff of the John and Kathryn Zimmerman Center of Susquehanna Heritage recently discovered a photograph of a previously unknown drawing of General Jacob Dritt (d.1817). The drawing is unsigned, but it is so similar in style to the many … Continue reading

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Why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie library

A lot of towns have Carnegie public libraries, funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Did you ever wonder why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie funded library? Carnegie’s biographer credits him with building over 2,800 free libraries with about 1,950 of … Continue reading

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Funding York’s Penn Park’s 1912 Improvements

A recent post quoted an April 1912 York Gazette article on planned improvements for York’s Penn Park/Penn Common. A slightly earlier view on the postcard above, sent in 1908, shows an already impressive scene. A huge fountain is in the … Continue reading

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York Opens Arms to British Guests in 1927

Browns of York, England welcomed to Pennsylvania You just never know when new information comes to light. Just recently the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives was contacted by a descendant Henry Rhodes Brown, twice Lord Mayor of York, England. The … Continue reading

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York Streets Better Now than 200 Years Ago

Ploughing George Street Along with spring comes potholes, and we grumble about the condition of streets and roads. The Lewis Miller drawing above might make you feel better. South George Street might develop the inevitable pothole now and then, but … Continue reading

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Tragic Good Friday Train Wreck at Glen Rock

The above images from the 1985 York Daily Record story were supplied to the newspaper by Gary L. Klinedinst. A few older folks might still remember the spectacular train wreck at Centerville, just outside of Glen Rock that Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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Huggy and the Soldiers–York Mayor Cracks Down

York Mayor Ephraim Hugentugler had his hands full in the fall of 1917. He hauled many locals into his police court for furnishing liquor to soldiers stationed at the temporary training camp at Gettysburg. The soldiers also got themselves arrested … Continue reading

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York Mayor Tells Wife She Should Have Hit Husband Harder

Ninety years ago York Mayor Hugentugler presided over a frequently lively police court: One case involved a “near murder” with a hatchet on the 500 block of Vander Avenue. The York Gazette reported the husband

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