Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Design of America’s First Iron Steamboat

America’s First Iron Steamboat marker is located a short distance west of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., on the south side of Route 462, opposite Blessing Lane. It states, “The Codorus, built in York by John Elgar, was launched at present-day … Continue reading

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Iron Steamboat Codorus tackles Nanticoke Falls

A cutting wind blew down the Susquehanna River whipping into freezing spray the water cascading over Nanticoke Falls near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Despite the cold, John Elgar had taken off his coat and was prepared to swim in case his little … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Mystery of Baltimore Factory of York Safe & Lock Co.

Thomas Brenner found this item in the August 5, 1920 issue of the Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record. This was a key find in unlocking the mystery of the Baltimore Factory of the York Safe & Lock Company, which I … Continue reading

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York Safe & Lock Company factory in Baltimore

This image of a York Safe & Lock Company manufacturers plate is from a vault door captured within an ABC News story; now available at this link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rare-shakespeares-edition-dcs-folger-library/story?id=31756897 Joe recently brought this image to my attention, via his comment to the … Continue reading

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1860 Buildings 1-10 in North Region of Springettsbury Township

At the top of this illustration, I’ve pointed out, and marked, ten 1860 buildings in the northeast region within what is now Springettsbury Township. At the bottom of the above illustration is a 1937 aerial photo of the same region. … Continue reading

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They Sailed with General Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America Sophie Radford de Meissner wrote sketches from the naval life of her father Rear Admiral William Radford, U.S.N. These sketches were published in her 1920 book “Old Naval Days.” The illustration of … Continue reading

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The Susquehanna becomes The Brandywine for Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America Sophie Radford de Meissner wrote sketches from the naval life of her father Rear Admiral William Radford, U.S.N. These sketches were published in her 1920 book “Old Naval Days.” The illustration of … Continue reading

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Civil War Era Bridge Types at Black Bridge Location

Today, Black Bridge carries trains over the Codorus Creek as railroad traffic moves between York and Emigsville. This bridge is a prominent feature viewable from the new section of the rail trail, recently opened in Springettsbury Township. The August 11th, … Continue reading

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Saga of the Watch that Washington presented to Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America The siege of Yorktown, Virginia, reached a crescendo on Wednesday October 17th, 1781. The American and French Troops had been systematically closing in on the enemy, until, at last, the last two … Continue reading

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York’s Life Size Statue of General Marquis de Lafayette

Experience the Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America In front of the pictured house at 157 West Market Street in York, Pennsylvania, stands this life size statue of General Marquis de Lafayette. The statue was sculpted by Lorann Jacobs and … Continue reading

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