Category Archives: Transportation

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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D. E. Stetler, J. Horace Rudy & the Dodge Brothers Emblem

The 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour began at 7:00 AM in Times Square, New York City on Saturday June 22, 2013. The first night stopover was near Malvern, PA. The vehicles passed through York County on Sunday, the second … Continue reading

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1912 Aviation Meet at York Fairgrounds featured Curtiss Aeroplane racing a York-Built Car

An advertisement for the first aviation meet in York appeared in the August 31, 1912, issue of The York Daily. This aviation meet was under the auspices of the York Motor Club. At that date, the clubhouse of the York … Continue reading

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The Design of America’s First Iron Steamboat

America’s First Iron Steamboat marker is located a short distance west of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., on the south side of Route 462, opposite Blessing Lane. It states, “The Codorus, built in York by John Elgar, was launched at present-day … Continue reading

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First Working Canal in Pennsylvania was in York Haven

Cliff Satterthwaite painted two large murals for the York Haven State Bank in 1980. This mural depicts canal operations in York Haven during the 1840-1850s era; and looks across the Susquehanna River towards Falmouth, Lancaster County. The York Haven State … Continue reading

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