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Artists recognized the Susquehanna’s beauty

We are blessed with an abundance of gorgeous scenery in York County. It seems especially striking when you get away from the towns into some of the more remote corners. The long eastern border along the Susquehanna River affords many … Continue reading

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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

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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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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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“Paper city” of Manchester, York County

My post yesterday was on Eib’s Landing in present East Manchester Township. When I was doing research and looking at maps for that post and a prior one on the covered bridge over the Gut, I found an undated plan … Continue reading

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Bridging York County’s Gut

My recent post was on the specifications advertised in 1828 by the York County Commissioners for . According to the Lewis Miller drawing, it was completed in 1835. Where was/is the Gut? The Gut is in East Manchester Township. You … Continue reading

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York County lower end property, near McCall’s bridge, for sale in 1816

Newspapers of the past give a good look at the lives of our forebears. The advertisements can sometimes reveal more than news items. The ad below, from the York Gazette, for Richard Porter’s tavern, store, house with barn and other … Continue reading

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How did you get to the Peach Bottom ferry?

One of my previous columns in the York Sunday News was on the ferries that crossed the Susquehanna River between York and Lancaster counties. There were so many that I didn’t have room to write more than a sentence or … Continue reading

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Keystone shaped signs mark entrances to many Pennsylvania towns.

I see York city is restoring its Keystone markers, those familiar keystone with a rectangle signs that tell you the town you are entering, where its name came from and how many miles down the road to another town. Good … Continue reading

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Small Family Left a Large Mark on York County

Philip A. Small examining Christian Roth’s wheat Whenever I start researching some York County history, it seems like someone from the Small family turns up. Pennsylvania German immigrant Lorentz Small settled in Windsor Township in 1743, but soon the family … Continue reading

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