Category Archives: travel

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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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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1939 news from Saginaw, Gatchelville and Wrightsville

What was going on in York County 75 years ago? If your family was at all known to the newspaper stringer for your area, they probably showed up on the local news pages. The events might seem trivial to us … Continue reading

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Visiting York County in 1916

It is always enlightening to see other people’s impressions of us. Just recently, we were pleased when the respected Travel and Leisure magazine named York to its list of America’s Greatest Main Streets, citing a turnaround and our historic architecture. … 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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York County Links with the Titanic

There has been a lot of coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster this week. As with many events, there usually seems to be some kind of York County connection. There are several local ties to the Titanic … Continue reading

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More 19th Century Yorker Excursions

I recently mentioned the travels of York businessman Samuel Small to Egypt and other exotic locations. Earlier I had related how easy it was for Dr. William Bigler to hop unto a train in Springvale (Windsor Township) and be in … Continue reading

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Yorkers travelled when it wasn’t so easy

My recent trip to Egypt with a group from York County Heritage Trust reminded me of a photo in the YCHT Library/Archives collection of some former Yorkers who also went to see the Sphinx, pyramids and the other ancient sights. … Continue reading

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