Tag Archives: Lancaster County

Rev. Raber and mid-1800s Pleasureville

Rev. William B. Raber wrote in 1857 it was Maria Conn who suggested Pleasureville as a more pleasant village name, as opposed to the Possumtown name bestowed by outsiders. I continue to search for Ann Harris, who had access to … Continue reading

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Wild Cat Falls Journal from 1870s

Several readers asked about the journal, which was published in the 1870s at Wild Cat Falls, along the Susquehanna River in York County. This illustration, from the collections of the York County History Center, shows the header from the July … 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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Chicken & Waffles at Ye Olde Valley Inn

A chicken and waffle full dinner cost 50-cents in 1915 at Ye Olde Valley Inn along the Lincoln Highway, 3-miles east of York, in Springettsbury Township. Ann Turner wanted to know whether the waffles were topped with fried chicken rather … Continue reading

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#21 Billmeyer & Small Company in York; and their Susquehanna Steam Saw Mills in Wrightsville

In my post Late 1800s Factory Inspection Reports Assist in Identification of an East Prospect Photo  I wrote about finding these reports in the State Library of Pennsylvania.  For this series on the Top 50 York County Factories at the … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 13 . . PeachBottom . . Part 1

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 1 of Chapter 13 . . . PeachBottom.  A new part … Continue reading

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Mammoth Sycamore Witness Tree of Springettsbury Township; Civil War & Cow Weathervane Happenings

This mammoth sycamore is in front of the historic house located at 2901 Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township.  The tree trunk has a circumference of 18-feet; resulting in a diameter of 5-feet, 9-inches.  One really does not appreciate how massive … Continue reading

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Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “Rebels at York and Carlisle yesterday a good deal agitated”

This is the sixth in a series of letters or messages sent to President Abraham Lincoln during the Invasion of Pennsylvania by the Rebels during June and July of 1863.  Other Letters to LINCOLN in this series include: Letters to … Continue reading

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Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “Burning bridges on the Northern Central”

This is the fifth in a series of letters or messages sent to President Abraham Lincoln during the Invasion of Pennsylvania by the Rebels during June and July of 1863.  Other Letters to LINCOLN in this series include: Letters to … Continue reading

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Letters to LINCOLN during the Invasion; “We need John C. Fremont”

This is the second in a series of letters or messages sent to President Abraham Lincoln during the Invasion of Pennsylvania by the Rebels during June and July of 1863.  Other Letters to LINCOLN in this series include: Letters to … Continue reading

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