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Loucks Mill key to Codorus Canal

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 three explores pertinent history of Loucks … Continue reading

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When Barnum’s 3-Ring Circus was on York’s Penn Common

Today the Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands at a prominent place in York’s Penn Common, however in the early morning darkness of Saturday September 16th, 1876, three monster trains, containing 120 railroad cars, pulled into York, Pennsylvania. They occupied one … Continue reading

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Capt. William Frey and the Spring Garden Band

Capt. William Frey was responsible for the establishment of the Spring Garden Band. The design of the Spring Garden Band crest is influenced by their history. If you are reading this on the Ydr.com site, click on this LINK for … Continue reading

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1860 Buildings 11 to 20 in North Region of Springettsbury Township

At the top of this illustration, I’ve pointed out, and marked, ten 1860 buildings in the Lower Glades Area within what is now Springettsbury Township. At the bottom of the above illustration is a 1937 aerial photo of the same … Continue reading

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American Freedom Train was in York County for whole Bicentennial Weekend

I recently discovered the ticket stub from my tour of the American Freedom Train during the Bicentennial. It had been lost between the pages of race car driver Mark Donohue’s book the “The Unfair Advantage;” probably ever since I last … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Engineer: Gardner Cobb

An obituary of Gardner Cobb appeared in The New York Times on April 7, 1908. The obituary was concise, while emphasizing a connection to Abraham Lincoln. Gardner Cobb, one of the oldest railroad engineers in the country, died in Shamokin, … Continue reading

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Lincoln Funeral Train

Classics from YorksPast; Prelude to posts on Lincoln’s Engineer After posting Why is the Steam Into History locomotive named York #17 ?  three months ago, I’ve had a few queries from readers with questions like: Is this really the type of … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 15 . . Export . . Part 5

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 5 of Chapter 15 . . . Export.  A new part … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 15 . . Export . . Part 3

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 3 of Chapter 15 . . . Export.  A new part … Continue reading

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Governor Wolf’s profound impact on York County

Northern Central Railroad & Glen Rock Talk Yorker Tom Wolf is running for Governor.  One hundred and eighty-five years ago, Pennsylvania had its first Governor Wolf.  George Wolf served as the seventh Governor of Pennsylvania. This portrait shows George Wolf … Continue reading

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