Category Archives: Maryland

The Iron Steamboat Codorus heads to North Carolina

In 1825, John Elgar designed and built the Iron Steamboat Codorus in York, Pa. At that time, the majority attitude was, “wood floated and iron sank, why would anybody build a boat out of iron?” On November 22, 1825, The … Continue reading

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River Hill One-Room Schoolhouse near Mount Wolf

This photo of the River Hill One-Room Schoolhouse in East Manchester Township was taken in 1941 by Scott W. Knaub; a Superintendent of York County Schools. This schoolhouse is located near Mt. Wolf at the intersection of Wago Road and … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Mystery of Baltimore Factory of York Safe & Lock Co.

Thomas Brenner found this item in the August 5, 1920 issue of the Industrial Development and Manufacturers Record. This was a key find in unlocking the mystery of the Baltimore Factory of the York Safe & Lock Company, which I … Continue reading

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York Safe & Lock Company factory in Baltimore

This image of a York Safe & Lock Company manufacturers plate is from a vault door captured within an ABC News story; now available at this link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rare-shakespeares-edition-dcs-folger-library/story?id=31756897 Joe recently brought this image to my attention, via his comment to the … Continue reading

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Experience Marquis de Lafayette sailing to America

Visit the French frigate Hermione at Annapolis, Baltimore or Philadelphia This painting depicts the 216-foot French three-masted frigate Hermione in combat during the European Naval battle of Louisbourg. However the Hermione is more famous for avoiding warfare years earlier, in … Continue reading

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Timeline for Lincoln Funeral Train

The Northern Central Railway’s Special Schedule, for the Friday April 21, 1865, Lincoln Funeral Train from Baltimore to Harrisburg, lists schedule times for the Pilot Engine; with a footnote indicating the Funeral Train will follow 10-minutes after the Pilot Engine. … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Engineer: Baltimore Bottleneck

Gardner Cobb was the Engineer who ran the Northern Central locomotive on the train taking the Abraham Lincoln party from Harrisburg, PA, to Baltimore in the next to last leg of the grand Lincoln First Inaugural rail route from Springfield, Illinois … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Engineer: Gardner Cobb

An obituary of Gardner Cobb appeared in The New York Times on April 7, 1908. The obituary was concise, while emphasizing a connection to Abraham Lincoln. Gardner Cobb, one of the oldest railroad engineers in the country, died in Shamokin, … Continue reading

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#4 P. H. Glatfelter Paper Mill in Spring Grove; Over 150 Years of Paper Making

In 1852, Jacob G. Hauer established the Spring Forge Paper Mill within a former iron forge; it was the first paper mill in what is now Spring Grove. After Jacob died in 1855, his widow Susan hired operators to keep … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 21 . . Weddings . . Part 6

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. This is Part 6 of Chapter 21 . . . Weddings. A new part … Continue reading

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