Category Archives: Transportation

York Airport building along Haines Road

York Airport operated in the fields west of Haines Road from 1930 to 1937 and included the pictured administration building. In 1953 the home at 560 Haines Road, shown in the lower half, was constructed around the core of that … Continue reading

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Small’s Codorus Mill at Canal Lock No. 3

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 six explores Small’s Codorus Mill; built … Continue reading

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Navigating the Codorus via canal locks

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 five explores how the Codorus Creek … Continue reading

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Codorus Navigation canal design details

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. In part two of this series, I’ll … Continue reading

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Cars fueled by water sold in York a Century ago

Bob Smyser shared the story that Howard Smyser sold electric cars in York by boasting, “The cars are fueled by Susquehanna River water.” Meaning, the waters of the Susquehanna produce electricity, via the York Haven Hydroelectric Power Plant, which charge … Continue reading

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Labor Day of 1912 featured motorcycle races at York Fairgrounds

On Labor Day, September 2, 1912, during the intermission between the flights at the Aviation Meet within the York Fairgrounds, an extra attraction, not on the program, was introduced, in the form of motorcycle races by local amateurs. Two five-mile … Continue reading

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Ford Ghost Sign in York City

This photo is of an old Ford “Ghost Sign” in York City. The sign is high on the west wall of the original location of Carl Beasley Ford along West Market Street opposite Carlisle Avenue. The best view is looking … Continue reading

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Haines Shoe House link to WWI

A procession of historic automobiles took part in a cross country 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour during 2013. As a stop for the Lincoln Highway caravan the Haines Shoe House was briefly linked to this WWI era Dodge Brothers … 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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York-built Worn Drive Truck debuted at 1916 York Fair

Hoover Wagon Company advertised “Do Not Fail To See The HOOVER WORM DRIVE TRUCK at the York Fair—Main Building Annex. BUILT IN YORK.” This October 4th 1916, York Daily ad appeared during the York Fair 100-years-ago, i.e. in 1916; when … Continue reading

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