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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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Madam Schumann-Heink sang in York twice

Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1861-1936) was one of the most famous singers in the world when she appeared in York in October, 1907 and again in April 1934. Her second appearance called up the memory of the first for Yorker Clara Bosshart … 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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Wrapping up York’s Penn Park Fountain–for now.

Here are two more postcards from the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives of Penn Park’s Rebecca at the Well fountain. They bring images of this impressive monument closer to the time when the fountain was taken down in 1968. The … Continue reading

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York’s Penn Park Rebecca Fountain–Part 3

Here is another mystery concerning York’s Penn Park fountain–what does Rebecca have on her head? In these postcards from the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives there seems to be some kind of ring above the statue on these postcards. There … 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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York’s Penn Park Fountain Remembered

I’ve always loved fountains–the bigger, the better. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the towering Rebecca at the Well fountain that graced Penn Park from 1898 to 1968. I grew up in rural York County–we came into town to shop when I … 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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