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Bri-Mar track just off Lincoln Highway

This 1957 historic aerial photo comes from the online collections of the York County Archives. The shown Bri-Mar track was located just south of the Lincoln Highway near a York County house trailer park. This track was built in 1951 … Continue reading

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When Barnum’s 3-Ring Circus was on York’s Penn Common

Today the Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands at a prominent place in York’s Penn Common, however in the early morning darkness of Saturday September 16th, 1876, three monster trains, containing 120 railroad cars, pulled into York, Pennsylvania. They occupied one … Continue reading

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York County’s First Airplane Passenger was Charles Eastlack

On June 19th 1914 a Wright Brothers Model B Flyer took off from Hilton Field carrying York County’s First Airplane Passenger. That scene in rural Dover Township was probably not all that different from this photo of a Wright Brothers … Continue reading

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Exercising Buffaloes via Airplane in Springettsbury

Mahlon Haines utilized an airplane to exercise buffaloes kept in a pasture at his Yorkshire Ranch in Springettsbury Township. On November 14, 1925, local newspapers reported: “BUFFALOES ARRIVE IN YORK—Directly from the plains of the Government reservation at Hot Springs, … Continue reading

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York Surrenders to a Force of Two

This 1896 article in York’s Semi-Weekly Gazette piqued my interest. Quoting the article: “It is rarely that a city surrenders to a force of two. This, however, is what York did Wednesday. The ‘two’ were cowboys of a section of … 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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Tale of the Springettsbury Township Crest

This plate contains an early version of the Springettsbury Township Crest. I purchased this plate on eBay recently; it has a Pfaltzgraff imprint on the bottom, however it is not dateable otherwise. If you are reading this on the Ydr.com … Continue reading

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YORK FAIR Finger Ring Mementos crafted by The Mighty Atom

The Mighty Atom artwork by Cliff Satterthwaite Cliff Satterthwaite painted this scene of The Mighty Atom during one of his free shows at the York Fair. The painting was based upon a sketch Cliff did, on-location, during the 1968 York … Continue reading

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The Mighty Atom entertained at the YORK FAIR for over Five Decades

The Weightlifting Hall of Fame sits along I-83 north of York; next to the York Barbell Company. The Strongman Exhibit, within the Hall of Fame, contains a collection of items attributed to Joseph Greenstein, known as “The Mighty Atom,” in … Continue reading

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First Balloon Ascensions in America

Aeronaut James Mills—first to fly in York County This Library of Congress illustration is from the “Journal of my Forty-Fifth Ascension, being the First Performed in America, on the Ninth of January, 1793;” printed by Charles Cist in Philadelphia, 1793. … Continue reading

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