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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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York-built steamboat traveled 300-miles up Susquehanna in 1826

A York-built iron steamboat was successfully launched in the Susquehanna River at Accomac, Hellam Township on November 22, 1825. The boat named CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat in America. The builder, John Elgar, captained the CODORUS on a voyage … Continue reading

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York Haven mural of first working canal in PA

Cliff Satterthwaite painted two large murals for the York Haven State Bank in 1980. This mural depicts canal operations in York Haven during the 1840-1850s era; and looks across the Susquehanna River towards Falmouth, Lancaster County. That canal at York … Continue reading

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York County’s First Airplane Passenger was Charles Eastlack

On June 19th 1914 a Wright Brothers Model B Flyer took off from Hilton Field carrying York County’s First Airplane Passenger. That scene in rural Dover Township was probably not all that different from this photo of a Wright Brothers … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during November 2015

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 of November; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. … Continue reading

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The Massive Grist Mills at York Haven

The first working canal in Pennsylvania opened on November 22, 1797. The canal was about one mile long, hugging the York County bank of the Susquehanna River from the top of the Conewago Falls, downriver to two locks at the … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during July 2015; Commencing 4th Year of YorksPast

On July 26th, 2015, I began my 4th year of YorksPast. The first three years of YorksPast, represent 653 posts; which averages 4.2 posts per week. Readership remains at record levels. Thanks to everyone for your continuing interest in the … Continue reading

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The Iron Steamboat Codorus heads to North Carolina

In 1825, John Elgar designed and built the Iron Steamboat Codorus in York, Pa. At that time, the majority attitude was, “wood floated and iron sank, why would anybody build a boat out of iron?” On November 22, 1825, The … Continue reading

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The Design of America’s First Iron Steamboat

America’s First Iron Steamboat marker is located a short distance west of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., on the south side of Route 462, opposite Blessing Lane. It states, “The Codorus, built in York by John Elgar, was launched at present-day … Continue reading

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Iron Steamboat Codorus tackles Nanticoke Falls

A cutting wind blew down the Susquehanna River whipping into freezing spray the water cascading over Nanticoke Falls near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Despite the cold, John Elgar had taken off his coat and was prepared to swim in case his little … Continue reading

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