Monthly Archives: March 2014

The making of Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County

I’ve depicted D. J. Lake surveying the 1860 Map of York County, Pennsylvania, in this illustration.  D. J. Lake “went around pushing a wheelbarrow in front of him, and in this barrow he carried his instruments.  He did not talk … Continue reading

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“In God We Trust” on coins has a Pennsylvania Connection

I purchased two old coins for use as chapter illustrations in my historical novel.  The 1¢ coin was utilized as a Chapter 2 header in 2012. The plan was to use the 2¢ coin last year, when novel posts coincided … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 14 . . Centennial . . 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 14 . . . Centennial.  A new part … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Seitz; from Glen Rock ITEM Editor to Stock Car Inventor

I’m putting together slides for a talk; Rail Events in the 1800’s for the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society on April 22nd, 2014.  One slide used in a prior talk on 19th Century Railway Car Builders of York contained the … Continue reading

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Questions answered on the Road to Monocacy posts

A reader raised a question about the spelling of Monocacy after reading several of my posts over the past weeks.  She noted the spelling in the original Lancaster County document uses the spelling Monocasy and questioned, “Why do I use … Continue reading

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Platting the Monocacy Road from Original 1739/40 Survey; Part 1: Eastern York County

I’ve platted the Monocacy Road from the original 1739/40 survey.  This is Part 1; Eastern York County between Wrightsville and York.  In future posts, I’ll plat additional parts of the Monocacy Road, in a similar manner, from the original survey, … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 14 . . Centennial . . Part 5

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 5 of Chapter 14 . . . Centennial.  A new part … Continue reading

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Talk on Rail Events in the 1800’s for the Glen Rock area

I’m giving a talk on Rail Events in the 1800’s for the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society on April 22nd, 2014.  In the 1800’s, engines, such as Steam Into History’s 1860’s era replica steam locomotive, pulled trains through Glen Rock … Continue reading

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Monocacy Path used by Native Americans began at Conejohela

This is a section of a map entitled Historic Indian Paths of Pennsylvania.  The map uses Indian names for their paths and sites, with only a few trading posts so noted.  Indian names generally use spelling that has become the … Continue reading

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Original Route of the Monocacy Road in Eastern York County?

Quoting three lines within a 1912 article on the Shultz House by Dr. I. H. Betz; appearing in the January 27th, 1912 issue of The Gazette: The Monocacy road, extending from the Susquehanna to the Potomac rivers, was laid out … Continue reading

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