Category Archives: York County

Hoard of gold and silver buried in York County

A September 7th, 1908 article, in The York Daily, describes another attempt to find the Rankin Treasure in York County, PA. This tale of buried treasure is one of those Weird York curiosities that just might still be true. James … Continue reading

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Articles adopted 240 years ago in York Town

The courthouse on the square in York Town, Pennsylvania, was the site where Continental Congress adopted the “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union between the States” on November 15, 1777; 240-years-ago from the date of this post. This 13-cent United … Continue reading

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Playboy radio at York’s Lincoln Highway Service Station

The several Lincoln Highway slides I include within my History of the Susquehanna Trail presentation always produce related questions; such as this one from Fred Hoover: “Where was the Lincoln Highway Garage that sold radios? My father always claimed it … Continue reading

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Weird York topics from YorksPast

The December 6th evening to unravel York County history is Retro York’s 2017 third-edition of the annual York Daily Record event. The theme this year is Weird York. I will be one of five local historians participating. The event is … Continue reading

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York-Shipley connections

My post Quonset huts of York-Shipley in Springettsbury resulted in many reader comments; among them were a host of York-Shipley connections questions: Is Sam Shipley, the president of York-Shipley, related to William Shipley who championed the York Plan during WWII? … Continue reading

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Quonset huts of York-Shipley in Springettsbury

Tom Landis wanted to know, “Is there a story behind the Quonset huts which can be seen across the railroad tracks from Industrial Highway.” These Quonset huts were the first buildings constructed within a new consolidated York-Shipley 40-Acre East York … Continue reading

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Ensuing burials of colonial Spangler bodies

Several YorksPast readers asked me to research the ensuing burials of the bodies unearthed from the colonial Spangler Graveyard; a forgotten private burial ground that was eventually built over in the first block of North Harlan Street within Springettsbury Township. … Continue reading

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Spanglers in York: Plantation of earliest family member

Caspar was the earliest Spangler to settle in York County, Pennsylvania; doing so in 1729 with his brothers Henry and Baltzer following in 1732. Several YorksPast readers wanted to see the whole extent of Caspar’s initial plantation via the same … Continue reading

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Mahlon Haines starred in a Paramount movie

Mahlon Haines, of Shoe House fame, starred in a Paramount movie that was shown around the nation. The title of the 10-minute short is “The Spirit of Seventy.” It was shown prior to featured attractions between 1953 and 1955. In … Continue reading

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Discover the Graveyard of earliest Spangler in York County

Caspar Spengler was the earliest Spangler to settle in York County, Pennsylvania; doing so in 1729 with his brothers Henry and Baltzer following in 1732. In the search for the lost graveyard of Old East York, the burial ground location … Continue reading

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