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Codorus Navigation canal cut north of York

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Canal. Completed in November of 1833, this canal allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the Susquehanna River. Part four explores the nine-tenths of a … Continue reading

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Freedom Train inside the York Fairgrounds

Inside the York Fairgrounds, Yorkers saw original documents and flags such as: Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s own copy of the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln’s draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, the documents signed by the … Continue reading

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U.S. WWI declaration to Lafayette, we are here!

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, when Congress approved the declaration of war that President Wilson requested four days earlier. It was still many months before a sizeable American force was stationed in Europe. It … 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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Highest Summit in York County should be Named

“The highest summit in York County should have a name,” was a remark I received several weeks ago while volunteering at the York County History Center. The comment was the result of a discovery of my post Pigeon Hills debunks … Continue reading

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DC Japanese Cherry Tree Intrigue in 1941

I rarely pass up a chance to walk amongst the blossoming Japanese cherry trees in Washington D.C., especially if the peak blossom time coincides with shirtsleeve weather. Such was the case on Saturday March 26th, when I took this photo … Continue reading

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DC Cherry Blossoms and Civil War Graves

Last Saturday I took a break from viewing the blossoming Japanese cherry trees in Washington DC and took a walk across Arlington Memorial Bridge in search of the headstone of a local Civil War soldier buried in Arlington National Cemetery. … Continue reading

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1860 Buildings 21-24 in North Region of Springettsbury Township

The Hermit House of Springettsbury Township At the top of this illustration, I’ve pointed out, and marked, four 1860 buildings in the Area South of Rocky Ridge within what is now Springettsbury Township. The “Region Boundry Line” is my line … Continue reading

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York-Built Car breaks York Fairgrounds Track Record in Winning Race against Aeroplane

A York-built 6-60 Kline-Kar, driven by John Menker, defeated a Curtiss Biplane, piloted by Charles K. Hamilton in a September 3rd, 1912, five-mile race around the York Fairgrounds track. One might wonder why the race was not against the more … Continue reading

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Freedom Train within the York Fairgrounds

In my post American Freedom Train was in York County for whole Bicentennial Weekend, I wrote about visiting the 1975-1976 American Freedom Train on July 5, 1976 during its stop at the New Cumberland Army Depot, in northern York County. … Continue reading

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