Category Archives: railroads

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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Wrightsville’s rich history is commemorated by many plaques, another sought

For the past few years, Albert Rose, long-time volunteer at the York County History Center Library/Archives, has been documenting war memorials throughout York County. He has visited and photographed many of them and also verified some that no longer remain. … 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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Percival Farquhar in Brazil

Arthur Briggs (A.B.) Farquhar is a familiar name in York County history, mostly because of his huge agricultural equipment manufacturing establishment. Son Francis stayed in York, an attorney and businessman. But have you heard of another son, Percival Farquhar (1865-1953)? … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Free Press 1973, Part 3

Here is the third of three installments transcribing an article from the Free Press community newspaper, Southern York County edition, of November 22, 1973. The extensive article was written by Doris B. Miller. It commemorates President Abraham Lincoln passing through … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Free Press 1973, Part 2

Below is part two of three posts transcribing the lengthy article written by Doris B. Miller for the November 22, 1973 Southern York County edition of the Free Press. Click here for part one. Civil War historian Scott Mingus recently … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Free Press 1973, Part 1

Here is another Lincoln at Hanover Junction clipping. Lots of folks have strong feelings about whether the train that took President Lincoln to Gettysburg in November 1863 is shown in the known half dozen or so period photographs of the … Continue reading

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Still another account from Hanover Junction

Here is another clipping concerning whether President Lincoln disembarked from his train car at Hanover Junction, Pa. on his way to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery in November 1863. This one was shared by John Hufnagel, Glen Rock historian, in … Continue reading

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Another Lincoln at Hanover Junction story

Is Abraham Lincoln on any of the known photos taken at Hanover Junction? Even though I have seen some pretty convincing evidence presented by other researchers that Lincoln doesn’t appear in the photos taken at Hanover Junction by the Brady … Continue reading

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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

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