Category Archives: transportation

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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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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2017 Journal of York County History just off the press

If you are a member of the York County History Center, you have probably already received the 2017 edition of Journal of York County Heritage. As part of the YCHC publications committee and one of the editors of the journal, … Continue reading

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York Haven extolled for industry

We have the worldwide paper company Glatfelter based in York today, with one of its mills, very much expanded, operating in Spring Grove, where it all started. Even though now gone, there were many other local paper mills, both large … Continue reading

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York County garages eager to replace your Buick engine

I don’t think that today we usually replace any major components of our automobiles unless they fail, so I was surprised by a prominent ad in the March 25, 1948 Gazette and Daily pointing out the advantages of replacing the … Continue reading

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York County covered bridges lost to progress–Part Four

 I could go on about the dozens of picturesque covered bridges that used to dot the York County countryside, but this will be my last post on them for now. I realize that they were rendered obsolete by mid-twentieth century … Continue reading

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The kiosk in York’s square endures

Nearly a year ago I wrote a York Sunday News column and several blog posts about the travels of the 19th century cigar store figure, Punch, up and down and all around the northwest quadrant of York’s Continental Square. Punch … 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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Downtown York tried to keep those ’50s shoppers

My previous post showed a December 1956 Gazette and Daily full page ad for the one-year-old York County Shopping Center. It listed the 28 stores and businesses and stressed the free parking. Downtown businesses did try to counteract the shopping … Continue reading

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York County news: A graduation party at Mulberry and the stage coach from Long Level to Red Lion

As I mentioned previously, it wasn’t difficult to get your name in the newspaper in earlier days. Stringers from every little community submitted very local news, for which they were many times paid by the length of the column. Many … Continue reading

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