Monthly Archives: May 2018

Barton Associates repurposed 1885 York Gas Works

Barton Associates celebrates their 50th Anniversary this year, having been established in 1968 as Consulting Engineers. “We Make Buildings Work” is the slogan of this firm involved in: Mechanical Design, Electrical Design, Plumbing Design, Fire Protection Design, Energy Analysis, and … Continue reading

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African-American George A. Wood killed in WWI

York County African-American veteran George A. Wood was killed in action September 29th 1918 during World War I. Private First-Class Wood is honored on the bronze memorial tablets flanking Gate 4 at the York Fairgrounds. His surname is incorrectly spelled … Continue reading

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Rev. Raber and mid-1800s Pleasureville

Rev. William B. Raber wrote in 1857 it was Maria Conn who suggested Pleasureville as a more pleasant village name, as opposed to the Possumtown name bestowed by outsiders. I continue to search for Ann Harris, who had access to … Continue reading

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Yorker won inaugural auto races at Pimlico

Robert Morton drove Pullman automobiles to victory in three automobile races at Pimlico on the Fourth of July in 1908. Competing were makes such as: Ford, Overland, Autocar, Cameron, Moon, Stearns and Pullman. These were the inaugural automotive races held … Continue reading

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The Opossum King of Possumtown

“Anthony Seiple was called ‘the king of possums’ during the early 1800s in the area currently named Pleasureville in York County, Pennsylvania. His barn, and to a lesser extent those of neighbors, such as Daniel Billet, John Meyers, and Jacob … Continue reading

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WWI chaplain Albert D. Bell of York

Albert D. Bell was the only army Chaplain from York to lose his life in the World War. That is the closing sentence in the memorial to Chaplain Albert D. Bell; appearing on page 120 of the book “York County … Continue reading

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Codorus Navigation stonework at Dee Run

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the … Continue reading

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