Category Archives: Lancaster County

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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Huntleys Hamburgers along Memory Lane

Huntleys Hamburgers operated along Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township; spanning the late 60s and early 70s. Sue Markle submitted wide-ranging comments about Huntleys and noted “When McDonald’s arrived nearly next door during Huntley’s final year, my hamburger pecking order remained … Continue reading

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How a mile long river bridge was built in 21 days

This photo of the mile long steel railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River, linking Wrightsville and Columbia, is believed to include some of the workmen that erected the bridge in 21 working days during 1897. The Pennsylvania Railroad used the … Continue reading

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Toy inventor Samuel Small Schmidt

Samuel Small Schmidt was born in York, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1897. Sam is a son of George S. Schmidt and Mary R. (Small) Schmidt. Sam’s father was a prominent York lawyer, banker and businessman; plus an 1881 graduate of … Continue reading

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Hike the River Trail between Columbia and Marietta

Earlier this week I walked the newly completed River Trail between Columbia and Marietta. The project that produced the Columbia Bypass (Route 441) for automobiles also provided a river level path from south of the Route 462 Bridge in Columbia … Continue reading

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Codorus Tow Path Railroad to Chickies

In 1825 a charter was granted to the Codorus Navigation Company to construct an 11-mile canal utilizing the Codorus Creek in York County, Pennsylvania. The canal opened in 1833. It was situated on the east side of the creek and … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during September 2015

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. These are your favorites during September 2015: YORK FAIR Finger Ring Mementos crafted by The Mighty Atom Several readers reminded me … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Heart of the Lower Susquehanna

I’ve received numerous comments and suggestions concerning my post Crossroads of the Susquehanna Valley. That post evolved after reading Jim McClure’s York Town Square post about why not ‘Middle of Everywhere’ brand for York County works; because we are. Jim … Continue reading

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Crossroads of the Susquehanna Valley

I decided to do a Google search on ‘Middle of Everywhere’ after reading Jim McClure’s York Town Square post yesterday about why not ‘Middle of Everywhere’ brand for York County works; because we are. There were scores of hits on … Continue reading

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July 1970 Airplane Photo of Hallam and The Hellam Hills

During July 1970, I took this aerial photo of the eastern end of Hallam. I’ve pointed out a few of the Hellam Hills in the background and beyond them is Lancaster County. My brother, Stanley, had just recently got his … Continue reading

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