Tag Archives: Hellam Township

Codorus Navigation stonework at Dee Run

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and 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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Roy Rogers in York and at Valley View Park

Roy Rogers with his Wonder Horse “Trigger”, plus his company of entertainers, performed during the afternoon and evening at Valley View Park in Hellam Township on Sunday May 25, 1941. During that visit, Valley View Park owner, Luther “Shorty” Fincher … Continue reading

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Lancaster lawyers utilize Wild Cat Inn as speakeasy

The Blackstonian Club of the Lancaster bar purchased the Wild Cat Inn, in Hellam Township, York County, on November 7th, 1924. They employed Lancaster architect Henry Y. Shaub to draw up alterations to the Wild Cat Inn for their use. … Continue reading

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Insane-Asylum fire in the Hellam Hills

During 1963, when I turned 14-years-old, while at an end-of-winter weekend at my Grandfather Smith’s bungalow near Accomac, I went on a walk exploring areas around Wild Cat Falls and up along Wild Cat Run that were normally off-limits. Old-timers … 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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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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Haines Shoe House link to WWI

A procession of historic automobiles took part in a cross country 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour during 2013. As a stop for the Lincoln Highway caravan the Haines Shoe House was briefly linked to this WWI era Dodge Brothers … Continue reading

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Hellam Love Nest featured in British Films

This view shows the Love Nest perched over Kreutz Creek in Hellam Township. The Love Nest was visible to passengers riding the train between York and Wrightsville. One of the railroad bridges spanning Kreutz Creek can be seen in the … Continue reading

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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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