Monthly Archives: August 2013

Steam Into History’s York #17 and two other Rogers 4-4-0 Steam Locomotives

Earlier this month I was on a Great Lakes Cruise. One stop, in sailing between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, consisted of spending a whole day at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Steam Into History’s … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 10 . . Work . . Part 1

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 1 of Chapter 10 . . . Work.  A new part … Continue reading

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1865 York County Railroad Proposed from Wrightsville thru Long Level, Apple Grove and Beyond

Years ago, John Denney, Jr. told me about a railroad planned thru York County near the end of the Civil War; it was part of a new railway from Washington DC to the Northeastern States.  This subject came up only as … Continue reading

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#29 Keystone Farm Machine Company in York; in the Factory Buildings that formerly housed the Empire Car Works

In my post Late 1800s Factory Inspection Reports Assist in Identification of an East Prospect Photo  I wrote about finding these reports in the State Library of Pennsylvania.  For this series on the Top 50 York County Factories at the … Continue reading

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Michael Schall’s Empire Car Works; plus his Family

As seen in this letterhead, by 1883 Michael Schall’s Empire Car Works had expanded to shops in four locations within Pennsylvania: York, Glen Rock, Middletown and Dauphin.  In this post, I’ll continue to examine the Empire Car Works plus I’ll … Continue reading

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Two Railcar Manufacturers were in the City of York during the Civil War; plus Origins of the Empire Car Works

During the Rebel occupation of the City of York during two days in June of 1863, Confederate Major General Jubal Early addressed the townspeople, “I have abstained from burning the railroad buildings and car shops in your town because after … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 9 . . Lincoln . . Part 6

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 6 of Chapter 9 . . . Lincoln.  A new part … Continue reading

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Great Lakes Cruise on the Yorktown

My posts over the past two weeks were written weeks ago and were loaded to automatically appear each day within YorksPast.  The reason; I have just returned from a Great Lakes Cruise. Occasionally over the next several weeks I’ll post … Continue reading

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Classic YORKCO Ads from 1930s; Part 4: Order your own Weather, York Air Conditioning

As a precursor to my talk From York Manufacturing Company to York Ice Machinery Corporation—The First Sixty Years of York Corporation, this is the fourth of a series of posts showcasing YORKCO ads from the 1930s.  This talk will initially … Continue reading

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Classic YORKCO Ads from 1930s; Part 3: The University of Air Conditioning

As a precursor to my talk From York Manufacturing Company to York Ice Machinery Corporation—The First Sixty Years of York Corporation, this is the third of a series of posts showcasing YORKCO ads from the 1930s.  This talk will initially … Continue reading

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