Category Archives: Islands

York Haven mural of first working canal in PA

Cliff Satterthwaite painted two large murals for the York Haven State Bank in 1980. This mural depicts canal operations in York Haven during the 1840-1850s era; and looks across the Susquehanna River towards Falmouth, Lancaster County. That canal at York … Continue reading

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York County abodes of Judge Nevin Wanner

The York City residence of Judge Nevin Wanner was located at 406 East Market Street; he lived there for nearly 60-years. As an occasional respite from city life Judge Wanner spent summers at his island in the Susquehanna River and … Continue reading

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#6 York Haven Paper Company; on the Site of One of the Earliest Canals in America

This southward looking aerial view of the York Haven Paper Mill (center) & York Haven Power Plant (lower left) is from the 1950s. The reason for locating a paper mill (and power plant) at this site can be traced to … Continue reading

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500th YorksPast Post & Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during August 2014

YorksPast started with a post on July 26, 2012. Two years and nearly two months later, this marks my 500th post of sharing a hodgepodge of explorations of York’s Past. I’ve learned a lot, via my research, for those posts; … Continue reading

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Adventures in a South Seas Paradise

The National Geographic Magazine came in the mail on Saturday; it contains an article on the Southern Line Islands in the South Pacific.  The article also featured a nice aerial photo of Caroline Atoll; one of my favorite places visited … Continue reading

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1801 Benjamin Henry Latrobe Map contains High Street in planned Town of Pleasant Garden

I have previously looked at early York County related maps in YorksPast; such as: 1801 Susquehanna River Map by Benjamin Henry Latrobe 1821 York & Adams Counties Map by D. Small & W. Wagner 1824 Lancaster County Map by Joshua … Continue reading

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Was the Town of Pleasant Garden planned with a River Bridge in 1793?

In previous posts I wrote about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania act passed April 11th 1793, authorizing a Susquehanna River Bridge from Blue Rock, Lancaster County to Pleasant Garden, York County.  This was the earliest river bridge authorized to York County … Continue reading

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Marking 100th YorksPast Post with a Tiled Mosaic; Post Index and Future Plans

The first YorksPast post occurred July 26th 2012; therefore with this 100th post, I’m averaging four and one-half posts per week.  An inventory of the general topics and locations that have been my subjects resulted in this 100-tile mosaic that … Continue reading

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The Earliest Susquehanna River Bridge to York County is Authorized in 1793; Part 1

The illustration contains a photocopy of the introduction to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania act passed April 11th 1793, authorizing a Susquehanna River Bridge from Blue Rock, Lancaster County to Pleasant Garden, York County.  This was the earliest river bridge authorized … Continue reading

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Why is Peavine Island in York County?

When York County was formed from Lancaster County in 1749, Lancaster County kept all of the Susquehanna River, therefore the boundary line was established on the York side of the river.  Then why are four Susquehanna River islands located in … Continue reading

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