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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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Susquehanna River blast catapulted water 700 feet high

Eight tons of underwater explosives were set off within the bedrock of the Susquehanna River on July 26th 1943. This view of that blast is from atop the Hellam Hills in York County and looks across the river into Lancaster … 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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1931 Aerial Photo of Edison Electric Plant in York

Part 13 of York County History Center Buildings This is Part 13 of an industrial chronicle of the buildings that will be repurposed into a York County History Center. These buildings originated as York’s Edison Electric Plant in 1885 and … Continue reading

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The York Water Company at 100-Years

An article in the August 16th 1916 issue of the trade publication Fire and Water Engineering provided a detailed look at The York Water Company as it observed its 100th-year in 1916. One of the primary components of the Company … Continue reading

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Charles Kurtz and The York Water Company

Charles Kurtz was a Director of The York Water Company for 35-years and was President of the company during the last 15-years of his life. Several major infrastructure projects were completed during those 15-years; such as the construction of the … Continue reading

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1860 Buildings 51-60 in West Region of Springettsbury Township

Residence of John Cunningham (1800-1866) At the top of this illustration, using Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, I’ve pointed out, and marked, ten 1860 buildings in the Pleasureville region within what is now Springettsbury Township. At the bottom of … Continue reading

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Malt, Castings and Turbine-Waterwheels

William Henry Kurtz [1822-1894] was a York industrialist who manufactured malt, castings and turbine-waterwheels. He had an elaborate downtown mansion built when he was 65-years-old. The Kurtz Mansion stood at 109 West Market Street in York, PA, from 1887 until … Continue reading

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Your History Starts Here

Part 10 of York County History Center Buildings This is Part 10 of an industrial chronicle of the buildings on the property recently purchased by the York County Heritage Trust, with their goal of renovating the buildings into a York … Continue reading

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Buried Treasure in Springettsbury Township

A 1908 article, in The York Daily, describes another attempt to find the Rankin Treasure in Springettsbury Township, York County, PA. In 1778, James Rankin allegedly quickly buried a hoard of gold and silver on this property just prior to … Continue reading

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