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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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York-built steamboat traveled 300-miles up Susquehanna in 1826

A York-built iron steamboat was successfully launched in the Susquehanna River at Accomac, Hellam Township on November 22, 1825. The boat named CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat in America. The builder, John Elgar, captained the CODORUS on a voyage … Continue reading

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Gilbert Sisters in Big Hats

This 1909 photo of Gilbert sisters in big hats came to mind when considering a Millinery illustration for a future post about York County’s first female airplane passenger Edith M. Hitchcott; a second generation Milliner in York. A Milliner is … 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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Capt. William Frey and the Spring Garden Band

Capt. William Frey was responsible for the establishment of the Spring Garden Band. The design of the Spring Garden Band crest is influenced by their history. If you are reading this on the Ydr.com site, click on this LINK for … Continue reading

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Phineas Davis designed Grasshopper Locomotives

Andrew Jackson was the first sitting president to ride on a railroad. The locomotive pulling that train was a “Grasshopper” type engine, designed by Yorker Phineas Davis.  York, Pennsylvania can claim the title as one of the earliest railroad manufacturing … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during November 2015

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts of November; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. … Continue reading

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Codorus Tow Path Railroad to Chickies

In 1825 a charter was granted to the Codorus Navigation Company to construct an 11-mile canal utilizing the Codorus Creek in York County, Pennsylvania. The canal opened in 1833. It was situated on the east side of the creek and … Continue reading

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Western Maryland Railway Freight Offices

The Freight Offices of The Western Maryland Railway, dating to 1896, are partly boarded up, although still intact, in York, Pennsylvania. The building sits on the southwest corner of North George Street and the Codorus Creek. This would be a … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Railroad to Baltimore

The Western Maryland Railway The Western Maryland Railway Passenger Station was located on the southeast corner of North George Street and the Codorus Creek in York, PA. The postcard view is as if a person stands on the North George … Continue reading

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