Category Archives: Railroads

Emig Mansion and the Underpass relic

Terrence Downs shared the story of Marian Emig and J. Horace Rudy at the Emig Mansion. This Rudy stained glass window was referenced a number of times throughout his presentation. The presentation was part of the June meeting of the … Continue reading

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York Gas Works expansion during World War I

Barton Associates utilizes the end view of the impressive 3-story Gas Works building as their logo. That structure, at the right side of this photo, was constructed during World War I. It was built during the last major expansion of … Continue reading

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Robotics now; Northwest Triangle was once Coal and Tobacco

Coal yards and wholesale leaf tobacco once covered most of the Northwest Triangle’s recently announced Innovation District. York Exponential, a robotics firm, is the driving force behind this project. This view, from the intersection of North Beaver Street and North … Continue reading

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Barton Associates repurposed 1885 York Gas Works

Barton Associates celebrates their 50th Anniversary this year, having been established in 1968 as Consulting Engineers. “We Make Buildings Work” is the slogan of this firm involved in: Mechanical Design, Electrical Design, Plumbing Design, Fire Protection Design, Energy Analysis, and … Continue reading

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Schaszberger-Dempwolf farm aerial views

Dave Wiley asked if I had a photo of the Schaszberger-Dempwolf Farm. An historic aerial photo was easy to obtain from the Penn Pilot web site, however he specifically wanted a better view of the farm buildings. A zoomed-in section … Continue reading

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Solving Mystery of Massive Ruins along Rail Trail

Massive ruins stand along the northern extension of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park within Springettsbury Township. These ruins are on the east side of the rail trail, over the railroad tracks, and located about three-quarters of a mile north … Continue reading

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Loucks Mill key to Codorus Canal

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Canal. Completed in November of 1833, this canal allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the Susquehanna River. Part three explores pertinent history of Loucks … Continue reading

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York Chocolate Company had a Hershey connection

York Chocolate Company was established in 1919. In 1920, the company obtained a trademark on their brand of chocolate: “Swiss-Alpine Style Sweet Milk Chocolate.” Click on this LINK for a yorkblog.com Full View of the original illustration in this post … Continue reading

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Chocolate factory in York Revolution’s centerfield

Nearly a century ago milk chocolate was produced in York at a location now replaced by centerfield of PeoplesBank Park; the home of the Atlantic League’s 2017 championship baseball team, the York Revolution. Large cans of milk, bags of cocca … Continue reading

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Brodbecks amazing Now and Then photos

I’ve helped Cliff Satterthwaite identify precise locations, and/or status of structures, related to selected works of art he created in York County; when he lived here from the mid-1950s until the early 1980s. This is the story of a search … Continue reading

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