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Epic auto races sell newspapers in 1908

A York-built Pullman 4-40 Gentleman’s Roadster raced a Studebaker in an auto race lasting over two-weeks in March of 1908 from Philadelphia to Savannah, Georgia. This photo, submitted by Paul Vaughn, shows the Pullman at the starting point; outside the … Continue reading

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Dutch Emig as drawn by J. Horace Rudy

Dutch Emig posed for a stained glass window installed at the Heinz Office Building in Pittsburgh. J. Horace Rudy’s sketch of Emigsville’s Howard A. Emig is from the Records of Rudy Brothers Company, MSP#278, Folder 15, in the Library and … Continue reading

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York Gas Works expansion during World War I

Barton Associates utilizes the end view of the impressive 3-story Gas Works building as their logo. That structure, at the right side of this photo, was constructed during World War I. It was built during the last major expansion of … Continue reading

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Prominent York jeweler started in Red Lion

Shaffner’s was the jeweler to go to in York County from the 1930s thru the 1970s. Kathy made that statement while I helped with her family history research at the York County History Center. In turn, she shared Shaffner’s insight … Continue reading

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Robotics now; Northwest Triangle was once Coal and Tobacco

Coal yards and wholesale leaf tobacco once covered most of the Northwest Triangle’s recently announced Innovation District. York Exponential, a robotics firm, is the driving force behind this project. This view, from the intersection of North Beaver Street and North … Continue reading

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Jeep tractor of a Jacobus Jeep farmer

Dick Myers inquired about a Jeep tractor used by an uncle during his truck farming days near Jacobus. Dick’s query follows: “I saw your Jeep articles and wondered if you ever came across Jeeps used as farm tractors. Fresh out … Continue reading

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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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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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Spurg’s drive-in within Spry

Brenda Myers challenged me to find before and after photos of Spurg’s drive-in. Her interest is the Spurg’s that was located at 2266 South Queen Street, near Dewdrop Road in Spry. Brenda’s impetus for this challenge stemmed from my post … Continue reading

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Amber Light drive-in on Queen Street

A month ago questions about the Amber Light drive-in were asked of me. Then, a few days ago Terry Downs brought up the Amber Light. These, out-of-the-blue, queries were unusual, for it had been at least 30-years since I last … Continue reading

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