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York Gas Works expansion during World War I

Barton Associates utilizes the end view of the impressive 3-story Gas Works building as their logo. That structure, at the right side of this photo, was constructed during World War I. It was built during the last major expansion of … Continue reading

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IVA-LU Bungalow with ’41 Chevy

The IVA-LU Bungalow was built in 1930 and was named for my grandparents Iva and Luther Smith. In the past ten days, I’ve received numerous comments about the Smith bungalow, which was located along the Susquehanna River, 5/8-mile west of … 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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How a mile long river bridge was built in 21 days

This photo of the mile long steel railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River, linking Wrightsville and Columbia, is believed to include some of the workmen that erected the bridge in 21 working days during 1897. The Pennsylvania Railroad used the … Continue reading

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Santa flight that started a York tradition

Santa’s arrival by airplane at a Springettsbury Township airport in 1946 started a York tradition. That year was the launch of over a quarter-century tradition involving Santa Claus’s arrival at the start of the Christmas shopping season in York, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Lafean and York Fair of 100-Years-Ago

It was business as usual when Daniel F. Lafean hosted Pennsylvania Governor Martin G. Brumbaugh at his residence during the governor’s visit to the 1916 York Fair. Lafean was a politician, banker and manufacturer. His vast York residence was located … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during June 2016

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. If you … Continue reading

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Car Manufacturing Factory planned in Springettsbury

The 1917 Catalog of The Bell Motor Car Company contains this illustration of the first factory buildings planned on 15-acres described as the “finest automobile factory site in York, Pennsylvania.” If you are reading this on the Ydr.com site, click … Continue reading

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Codorus Tow Path Railroad to Chickies

In 1825 a charter was granted to the Codorus Navigation Company to construct an 11-mile canal utilizing the Codorus Creek in York County, Pennsylvania. The canal opened in 1833. It was situated on the east side of the creek and … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during May 2015; YorksPast Readership Continues at a High Level

YorksPast readership continued at high level during May. Thanks to all my loyal readers. At the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. These are your favorites during May 2015: … Continue reading

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