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Remember this new link to YorkTownSquare.com: York Town Square.

Folks,

On our 10th-year anniversary of blogging, York Town Square is moving to another platform on the York Daily Record’s brand new website, WWW.YDR.COM.

York Town blog’s new address is WWW.YDR.COM/blog/yorktownsquare. So please bookmark it to see new stories and photos. YorkTownSquare’s archives, about 3,800 posts and 2,800 reader comments will remain in searchable form on this site, YorkTownSquare.com

This is all that will change. I’ll continue to post regularly – daily, I hope – at this new platform, which will get the stories about York County’s history and journalism before Gannett/USA Today’s big audience.

I guess you could say that YorkTownSquare continues to live in York County, but it just moved to the bigger house next door.

The other YDR staff blogs will also appear at WWW.YDR.com.

Our four stalwart history bloggers will remain on Yorkblog.com and their stories and photos also will be ported to the YDR.com’s big, broad and far-reaching website, available at: WWW.YDR.COM/blogs.

So, check out these history bloggers:

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Oversized public art in York County, Pa.: ‘The green bike’s seat is a bit over 10′ high’

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York County, Pa., is serious about its public art. These sculptures, presented on the VeloPhoto York blog,  stand along the York County’s main rail trail north of Seven Valleys, , have been in place for several years. This artist reached back into York County’s past to bring up these images. Bicycling – recreational and competitive – has been popular here for decades. Here’s a photo of a bicycle race at the York Fairgrounds track in 1904, for example. But back to Seven Valleys.  The scale of this artwork is hard to tell, so biker/photographer Rick Ramage helps out: ‘They are very tall. I would estimate that the green bike’s seat is a bit over 10′ high.’ Also of interest: 1 York, Pa. building, 100 years: From Red’s bikes to Redeux market.

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New book on York native: Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers profiled (If photos below don’t appear on your mobile device, click on the date). Continue reading

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York, Pa., artist J. Horace Rudy rediscovered: His stained glass work in pictures

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J. Horace Rudy’s stained glass work of Revolutionary War scenes in York, Pa., stood in the old First National Bank building on York’s Continental Square for decades. Here, they are being viewed on a tour of the building, set for redevelopment. Also of interest: The fan club of noted artist J. Horace Rudy keeps growing in York County, Pa.

J. Horace Rudy came to York from Pittsburgh, but he settled into his new home more than a century ago to make an impact that is remembered today. He’s known for his stained glass work, his paintings and his curatorial work.

But particularly his stained glass work.

This MediaCenter photo gallery takes you on a tour of several pieces of his legacy.

You can see his work up close at an extended tour of his work is available at Rudy Art Glass.

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This image, from Stephen H. Smith’s YorksPast blog, shows the reach of Rudy’s artwork. This scene comes from a mausoleum in York’s Prospect Hill Cemetery.

 

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Cameron Mitchell scholarship work gets national plug: ‘They knew a great article when they saw one’

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This is a sneak preview of YDR.com’s new design, which will go up early on Tuesday morning. The York Daily Record/Sunday News’ site will share a design with the 90+ newsrooms that are part of the Gannett network. Also of interest: Web, mobile, tablet technology causes revisions in York, Pa., news media history.

Bryan Sellers is the driving force behind giving native son and late Hollywood actor Cameron Mitchell his due.

A recent event at Bethlehem Steltz Reformed Church showing the Mitchell film “All Mine to Give” was the latest effort in that regard.

When a York Daily Record story about that event appeared on USA Today’s website, Sellers noticed the national recognition of this local Mitchell initiative in the Southern York County School District to fund a scholarship in the famed actor’s name.

“They knew a great article when they saw one thanks to Barb Krebs,” he wrote in an email.

Yes, they did.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News new partnership with USA Today – we’re both owned by Gannett – is indeed worth noting.

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Abe Lincoln was here: Really, he was – in Hanover Junction. This garden reminds you of his visit

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This garden, easy to overlook, is tucked near the road and the historic train station at Hanover Junction. Its focus point is a bust of Abraham Lincoln, whose train stopped at the station on its way to and from Gettysburg to deliver his famous speech in 1863. It’s a quiet walkway, maintained by the Penn State Master Gardeners. So if you’re on the rail trail and need a quiet place to cool off, look up Abe’s garden. Also of interest:  Abraham Lincoln at Hanover Junction: In 1863 … and today.

Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

Do you know this place, below? We’ve visited here before, with its old-fashioned street lamps… .

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York Barbell spawned celebrity weightlifters: Can you ID this iconic lifter?

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Look, mom, one hand. This is one of ‪‎York Barbell‬’s iconic weightlifters in one of the iconic photos of those days when York was know as Muscletown U.S.A. Which of York Barbell’s famous weightlifters is pictured here? Here’s the answer. Also of interest: Check out these scores of (fun) tests and history quizzes.

Check out 6 more History Mystery photo quizzes below. (If the photo doesn’t appear, please click on the date.)

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B.F. Willis design + J. Horace Rudy stained glass windows = Beautiful Zion Church on York’s Penn Park

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Ah, a beautiful site from the camera of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Jason Plotkin. Those are Zion United Church of Christ’s windows made a century ago by York artist J. Horace Rudy, whose work was the subject of a weekend tour. This past weekend also featured the 100th anniversary of Zion United Church of Christ‘s worshipping in the sanctuary on the south side of Penn Park. Here’s a quick story of the congregation’s presence among the beautiful windows at 100 Lafayette Street, according to the just-published ‘Building Centennial Celebration Booklet.’ It was Jan. 6, 1913, when the congregation sold its longtime West Market Street building to Woolworth’s. The downtown was becoming a retail center. ‘Then we began to tear the old church down ourselves,’ the booklet said. The congregation had its eye on prime land where the Penn Park stadium sat, at the point that Lafayette, Cleveland and Maple streets came together. They put the $71,000 gained from the sale of the West Market Street building toward the Penn Park church. The Sunday School section was built first, and the congregation worshipped there while the sanctuary was under construction. The first worship service in the B.F. Willis-designed sanctuary with those J. Horace Rudy windows came in October 1915, a century ago. Also of interest: The fan club of noted artist J. Horace Rudy keeps growing in York County, Pa.

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A reader flagged this from The Guardian: 12 photos from the Civil War era with photographs of those scenes today: Then and now.

An amazing collection of old and new photos of Civil War sites. A brief description AND narrator accompany each. Fabulous!

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Remember this photo? The other day, Bowman family member identified this as a Cadillac from the Bowman dealership.
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It was ready and available for use in the homecoming of York native son Gen. Jacob L. Devers, who had headed two Allied armies in Europe. Mike Bowman identified the car as the Cadillac owned and driven by his father, R.W. Bowman. He also brought in the photo below. Same hero’s welcome back. Different view.

Devers riding in Bowman Cadillac. Submitted

As for what happened to that Cadillac, Mike didn’t know. His father had several of them over the years. Can you ID the intersection the Devers/Bowman car is moving through? Please comment below.

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Skateboard deck art: A different kind of exhibition
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This art was on display this weekend at The Bond, in Royal Square. Find out more about this fundraiser: Parliament fundraiser.

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History Mystery: Recognize these guys?

History Mystery: There was friction between these two World War II generals, despite the smiles they are flashing here….

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Big barns in Library of Congress photograph identified as Avalongs in Springettsbury Township

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These barn photos are part of a recent picture release from Yale University of Library of Congress photos from the 1930s and 1940s. They were commissioned by the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information. The photographs often lack detailed caption information, such as this one, which was labeled as a large dairy barn in York County, Pa. But this photo looks like Avalong barns in Springettsbury Township. So I asked Yorkblogger Stephen H. Smith and he asked Sharon Tapp, a family member of the longtime owner of the barn. Sharon replied: ‘They are indeed. The photo is taken from Whiteford Rd, east of the barns. The barn on the right is a bank barn that burned in the early 80s,  and other than the fact that it’s a bank barn, is the twin of the one torn down two years ago.’ Also of interest: This YorkTownSquare.com post explains the FSA/OWI photo program.

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Sharon Tapp mentioned the demolition of one of the barns. You might remember the battle over preservation of the barn, that came down to make way for a bank. The barn was known to many as the former Pfaltzgraff pottery outlet store. For more on that demolition, see: Avalong barn demolition. So what’s the big idea.

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AvalongBarnView1939Stephen Smith also noted that the barns in the 1939 Library of Congress photo were owned by Harold E. Robertston. He explained the view above:  ‘Although Sharon Tapp and myself are positive these are the Avalong Barns, I’ve added viewpoint and lines of view to an aerial photo for any doubters.  The elements in the aerial photo of the Avalong Barns match their placement in the photo of the barns exactly; right down to the overhanging sycamore tree limbs to the top of the chimney of the Mansion, properly seen at the right side of the photo.’

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The caption information was good enough on some of the photographs that people living in the past decade saw themselves in them. This photo of Gerald Smith at York Safe & Lock appeared with a piece I wrote in the York Sunday News. Gerald saw the image and contacted his daughter who wrote to me: Fed photogs captured wonderful World War II images. A rule of thumb for photographers of all skill levels: Make sure you put caption information with your pictures. 

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We’ll end this tour of these wonderful photos, commissioned by the U.S. government, with another barn picture, the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market near Gettysburg. For 73 York/Adams photos in this series, check out this YDR Media Center.

 

 

 

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Change in York, Pa.: Compelling photo tells the story of an old neighborhood coming down

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In the 200 block of Chestnut Street with the old York County Prison in the background. Demolition in the Northeast neighborhood in York Wednesday October 14, 2015 Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

We hear from former Yorkers living elsewhere that photos of change in real time – like this one by the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel – help them keep in touch with their hometowns. Of course, this compelling photo will appeal to local residents, too, – even those who have witnessed the demolition scene. This change is coming in the 200 block of Chestnut Street in York.  Think Loud Development,  a technology company based on nearby York Street, is opening up this space for expansion. “It’s going to be a headache for existing homeowners,” a company spokesman told the York Daily Record. “But they are growing pains. When they see what we build, it will be well worth it for everyone.” Check out more photos of demolition in this neighborhood in this gallery. By the way, the old prison, not owned by Think Loud, is for sale. Also of interest: More about 210 York Street.

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There’s a big picture theme behind these photos, too. Housing built for workers of  York’s red brick factories decades ago is coming down to make way for expansion of a 21st-century high-tech company. The workers  of old made things via an assembly line in the Industrial Revolution. Think Loud is building a network to move data in the Information Age. For more on the project, seen here from atop the Think Loud’s York Street building, check out: Gigabit initiative could spur economic growth in York.

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York businessman David Hogg wrote a recent York Sunday News op ed piece in which he supports a new history center at the old Met Ed steam plant on West Philadelphia Street. The York County Heritage Trust project has the right timing, he argues, because:

• York’s Market District neighborhood is coming to life.

• The Trust is looking to transform so it can thrive into the future.

• York’s economy is seeking a new catalyst.

Interesting piece. Check it out: New history center at Colonial Complex can be York’s next big thing

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Love this image. It’s York’s Gen. Jacob L. Devers and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower smiling in the same photo, part of the York County Heritage Trust collection. The two World War II generals, leaders of Allied forces in World War II, didn’t get along. ‘Those officers who did not like General Devers implied he was always smirking at them. Regarding the appearance of General Devers, he did often appear to be smiling. As a cadet at West Point he even received a demerit from an instructor who thought he was smiling during drill. He had that kind of face,’ York countian Rich Robinson, an authority of Devers, wrote. An upcoming symposium will focus on the life and times of Devers.

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History Mystery: A scene from our past

History Mystery: This scene was played and replayed thousands of times in #YorkCountyPa history. It played out all over…

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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It’s 90 years old, but the 11-story Yorktowne Hotel still stands tall

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Yorktowne Hotel G.M. Rick Cunningham stands atop the 11-story landmark that is celebrating its 90th birthday this weekend. That’s one grand milestone. This scene was captured at a moment in which discussions were underway about the possibility of making East Market Street two ways. York’s current pattern of one-way streets came into play after World War II. So five years ago, there was talk to change the pattern on East Market, home of the Yorktowne for, well, nine decades. Nothing came of it. The hotel is now for sale, York County Industrial Authority has an agreement – not a commitment – to purchase it, as Gordon Freireich outlines in this York Sunday News column about the Yorktowne. Also of interest: Dancing at the Yorktowne: ‘I … drew it while they were dancing’.

Other neat, unrelated stuff from all over … .

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