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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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Local WWI Veterans buried in Europe

Writing a family history book produces appreciative actions and notes of thanks for connecting distant, and sometimes no so distant, family members. The French gravesite of WWI Veteran Blaine B. Barshinger has received numerous floral decorations by even distant Barshinger … Continue reading

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Yorker shares excitement of vacations a century ago

In 1961, a Yorker wrote of his 1910 experiences as a youth in traveling alone via train and stagecoach to his grandparents’ farm in Adams County. He recalled, “I think the reason I got so excited last week about the … 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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Baltimore Colts at Central High and more Gino’s

Thanks for the outpouring of comments on my recent post: Pennsylvania’s first Gino’s was in Springettsbury.  One reader commented: “You say Gino’s on East Market opened in the spring of 1961. While I distinctly remember it opening in the late … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s first Gino’s was in Springettsbury

I discovered interesting follow-up deeds after researching my post: LoPiccolo’s in Violet Hill connection to The Woods in Springettsbury Township.  The owners of the property at 2500 East Market Street leased that plot of land to “Gino’s No. 1 of … Continue reading

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Gilbert Sisters in Big Hats

This 1909 photo of Gilbert sisters in big hats came to mind when considering a Millinery illustration for a future post about York County’s first female airplane passenger Edith M. Hitchcott; a second generation Milliner in York. A Milliner is … Continue reading

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John F. Kennedy’s 24-Hours in Central Pennsylvania

The evening of Thursday September 15, 1960, an airplane carrying Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy touched down in northern York County. A crowd of about 3,000 greeted Kennedy as he got off the plane at Harrisburg-York State Airport; … Continue reading

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Springettsbury and the Knight, Sir William Springett

Arundel Castle was built in the 11th Century and is located south of London. Ships sailed to and from Arundel; a five-mile journey along the River Arun to the English Channel. During the English Civil War (1642-45), William Cromwell’s Parliamentary … Continue reading

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