Tag Archives: York County History Center

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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Prominent York jeweler started in Red Lion

Shaffner’s was the jeweler to go to in York County from the 1930s thru the 1970s. Kathy made that statement while I helped with her family history research at the York County History Center. In turn, she shared Shaffner’s insight … Continue reading

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Robotics now; Northwest Triangle was once Coal and Tobacco

Coal yards and wholesale leaf tobacco once covered most of the Northwest Triangle’s recently announced Innovation District. York Exponential, a robotics firm, is the driving force behind this project. This view, from the intersection of North Beaver Street and North … Continue reading

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African-American George A. Wood killed in WWI

York County African-American veteran George A. Wood was killed in action September 29th 1918 during World War I. Private First-Class Wood is honored on the bronze memorial tablets flanking Gate 4 at the York Fairgrounds. His surname is incorrectly spelled … Continue reading

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Spurg’s drive-in within Spry

Brenda Myers challenged me to find before and after photos of Spurg’s drive-in. Her interest is the Spurg’s that was located at 2266 South Queen Street, near Dewdrop Road in Spry. Brenda’s impetus for this challenge stemmed from my post … Continue reading

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Veteran Henry F. Emswiler should be honored

York County veteran Henry F. Emswiler died October 4, 1918, of wounds received in action; as he served in Europe during World War I. While Emswiler is honored on the bronze memorial tablets flanking Gate 4 at the York Fairgrounds … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon N. Haines

Mr. & Mrs. Mahlon N. Haines appear in a group photo during a 1916 gathering at the Schaszberger-Dempwolf Farm. At that time, the Haines family lived in East York; a short distance from that farm in Springettsbury Township. Why were … Continue reading

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Schaszberger-Dempwolf farm aerial views

Dave Wiley asked if I had a photo of the Schaszberger-Dempwolf Farm. An historic aerial photo was easy to obtain from the Penn Pilot web site, however he specifically wanted a better view of the farm buildings. A zoomed-in section … Continue reading

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Mundis Mill at midpoint of Codorus Navigation

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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Myers Mill and Codorus Navigation Lock No. 4

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 seven explores Myers Mill; enlarged soon … Continue reading

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