Tag Archives: Conewago Creek

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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Camp Ganoga and the Susquehanna Trail

This illustration is from the May 1926 Issue of Boys’ Life, published by the Boy Scouts of America. The issue also contains a brief item about York County’s Boy Scouts Camp along the Big Conewago Creek, known as Camp Ganoga. … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during June 2015; Third Month with YorksPast Readership at a High Level

For the third month in a row YorksPast readership continued at a high level. Thanks to all my loyal readers. It was nice to meet several of my readers while touring the French frigate Hermione when it was docked in … Continue reading

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S. Morgan Smith’s Grist Mill; Smith Signatures

S. Morgan Smith owned a Grist Mill, located in the extreme southwestern corner of Dover Township, where Big Mount Road crosses the Conewago Creek. This Grist Mill went by several names, including Ort’s and Diehl; however Bigmount is the name most … Continue reading

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Monocacy Path used by Native Americans began at Conejohela

This is a section of a map entitled Historic Indian Paths of Pennsylvania.  The map uses Indian names for their paths and sites, with only a few trading posts so noted.  Indian names generally use spelling that has become the … Continue reading

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Jacobs “Factory” Mill in Paradise Township gets first S. Morgan Smith Turbine

In a previous post, I noted that S. Morgan Smith Company begat four current York County Companies.  This post continues a lengthy article appearing in the News-Comet of East Berlin, which was published over several weeks during January 1947.  Click … Continue reading

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