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Photographers prospered in York during the Civil War

I have written about early York County photographers, such as Glenalvin Goodridge, J. Thomas Williams and William Wagner, who was probably the pioneer of native York photographers. Another well-known 19th century York studio was run by Evans and Prince. The … Continue reading

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What do York’s Penn Common alligators and a well-known 20th century snake oil salesman have in common?

What started out to be a story just on the Penn Park alligators took some interesting twists. According to a 1930 newspaper account there were alligators in the park in the early 1900s and again starting in 1930. From what … Continue reading

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The end of York’s Civil War Hospital

My most recent post was on the chapel that was part of U.S. Army Hospital on Penn Common in York during the Civil War. It was built by hospital convalescents and was large enough to accommodate religious services and public … Continue reading

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York’s Civil War Hospital convalescents were an active lot.

If they were able, convalescent soldiers at the Civil War hospital on York’s Penn Common didn’t just sit around. They were kept busy, aiding in their rehabilitation and saving the government money. They acted as nurses and clerks; they tended … Continue reading

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York’s Civil War Hospital Treated Many, Lost Few

One of the largest Union Civil War hospitals opened on York’s Penn Common in June 1862. Mary Cadwell Fisher authored lengthy accounts, for both Gibson’s (1886) and Prowell’s (1907) histories of York County, of the hospital that treated over 14,000 … Continue reading

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More on the Rebecca Fountain on York’s Penn Common

In my recent post on the 1898 dedication of the impressive fountain, I mentioned that it was featured on quite a few post cards that I found at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. I’m including three in this post, … Continue reading

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Funding York’s Penn Park’s 1912 Improvements

A recent post quoted an April 1912 York Gazette article on planned improvements for York’s Penn Park/Penn Common. A slightly earlier view on the postcard above, sent in 1908, shows an already impressive scene. A huge fountain is in the … Continue reading

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1912 Renovations to York’s Penn Park/Penn Common

Is it Penn Park or Penn Common? The public space in the middle of York has had some ups and downs over the years. I understand there have been some plans afoot for some major upgrades to this pleasant space … Continue reading

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