Category Archives: York City

Another look at York’s square

When I was growing up in Chanceford and Windsor townships, we did our much of our weekly shopping for groceries in Red Lion, but we traveled to York for serious shopping. I was quite familiar with Bear’s, Bon Ton and … Continue reading

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York’s World War I Liberty Gardens

Some of you might remember the Victory Gardens of World War II, when everyone was urged to grow as much food as they could to feed their families.  This would free up commercially grown vegetables to be canned to feed our troops fighting … Continue reading

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1824 ads paint a picture of York

Advertisements in old newspapers give us a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Here is a sampling from the December 21, 1824 York Recorder, on microfilm at the York County History Center: FRESH CRANBERRIES The Subscriber begs leave to … Continue reading

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York’s Colonial Hotel building still stately after nearly 125 years

For over a month I have been putting together a slide show on York’s square in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York in 1741. The information on the square at the York County History Center … 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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Some York buildings that didn’t bite the dust

We lament, and rightly so, the loss of impressive York buildings, such as City Market and York Collegiate Institute. Still, it could have been worse. Here is an example of one urban renewal project that thankfully didn’t happen. While looking … Continue reading

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First lot owners of York’s Square, Part 2

This is the second of two posts detailing the first several owners of the original lots that encircle York’s square. The lots can be located on the map above of the center of York, bordered by Philadelphia, Duke, King and … Continue reading

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First lot owners of York’s Square, Part I

The enlarged section of the center of York above is bounded by Philadelphia, Duke, King and Beaver streets. It shows the square with the courthouse in the middle. I have flipped it form the original so that it is oriented … Continue reading

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York’s Center/Continental Square–crossroads of a county

In conjunction with the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York, I am working on a slide show for a November 12th program at the York County History Center. It is part of the regular Second Saturday series of … Continue reading

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Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. wanted to beautify Codorus Creek banks too

You might have recently read in the York Daily Record concerning proposed improvements and beautification of the Codorus Creek through part of the city. Wouldn’t it be great if this time something comes of it? Seemingly innumerable similar proposals have … Continue reading

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