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Epic auto races sell newspapers in 1908

A York-built Pullman 4-40 Gentleman’s Roadster raced a Studebaker in an auto race lasting over two-weeks in March of 1908 from Philadelphia to Savannah, Georgia. This photo, submitted by Paul Vaughn, shows the Pullman at the starting point; outside the … Continue reading

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Aerial bombing breaks Susquehanna ice jams

During the last week of February 1945, a large ice jam in the Susquehanna River caused large chunks of ice, some over 6-feet thick, to smash into bungalows along the river’s edge in Hellam Township. These photos show one such … Continue reading

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York Haven mural of first working canal in PA

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. That canal at York … Continue reading

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One-room school called Burnt Cabin

Burnt Cabin One-Room Schoolhouse sat on the west side of Vinegar Ferry Road [now River Drive], just north of where the headwaters of main branch of Wildcat Run cross that road in Hellam Township. Katina Snyder submitted three undated photos … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during March 2017

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; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. Synopsis and … Continue reading

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How a mile long river bridge was built in 21 days

This photo of the mile long steel railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River, linking Wrightsville and Columbia, is believed to include some of the workmen that erected the bridge in 21 working days during 1897. The Pennsylvania Railroad used the … 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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Burnt Cabin One-Room Schoolhouse on Vinegar Ferry Road

Burnt Cabin One-Room Schoolhouse sat on the west side of Vinegar Ferry Road [now River Drive], just north of where the headwaters of main branch of Wildcat Run cross that road in Hellam Township. Katina Snyder submitted three undated photos … Continue reading

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James Mills soars over York County in 1835

York County Tourist Information Center Murals These murals were on the wall of the York County Tourist Information Center along Mt. Zion Road; across from Avalong Farms Dairy Bar. The center opened on April 15, 1973. Cliff Satterthwaite, at the … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during February 2015; Appreciative of Post about York’s Changing Addresses

During the past month, I’ve heard from many family historians. All were very appreciative of my post where I explored why York’s addresses changed. Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions for future posts! I hope to see many … Continue reading

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