Susquehanna River’s Veterans Memorial Bridge good example of an architectural showpiece

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You could say they don’t make bridges like they used to. Spans like the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, built in 1930 and christened the Veterans Memorial Bridge, are architectural showpieces. Their replacement spans often are, well, just boring. Consider this photo of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River, for example. The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Chris Dunn gathered in this scene, and look at the engagement: 350 plus likes. It’s now atop the YDR’s Facebook page. How often do you see the Wright’s Ferry Bridge, constructed 40 years later, in photos? OK, it’s just a one-bridge sample, but quality-of-life advocates would say that infrastructure should add to experience, not detract from it. Here are several posts, with photos, of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. You can see how often the bridge is attracts photographers. Also of interest: A wide-angle look at the mile-long Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.

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Other neat stuff from all over … .

We’ve met Tom Melhorn, teacher of local history at Dallastown Area High School, before.

Now his class has put online a Underground Railroad project. It’s a work in progress, Tom wrote, but he’s proud of what his students came up with. Continue reading “Susquehanna River’s Veterans Memorial Bridge good example of an architectural showpiece” »

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York’s Lafayette statue removed – all 6-feet, 6-inches, 800 pounds of him – for some foot work

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The Twitter exchange about the removal of the Marquis de Lafayette statue from in front of West Market Street’s Colonial Complex for repairs drew this exchange on Twitter:

YDR’s Mark Walters: When will York’s Marquis de Lafayette statue return to West Market St?

Me: Don’t know, but when you’re 6-feet, 6-inches and weigh 800 pounds, you move slowly.

YDR’s Hafiz Rashid: Perhaps he needs an oil can to move faster.

So the public art is serving it’s purpose – prompting conversation and promoting understanding of York, Pa.’s, downtown. Understanding? The oil can reference points to ‘The Tinker’ art piece, featuring a ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tin Man theme, a couple of blocks away. Both sculptures, by the way, came from the hands of York County’s Lorann Jacobs. The answer to the Revolutionary War hero’s return? Within two weeks, on a warm day when the epoxy adhering the statue to the ground can set best. Also of interest: Marquis de Lafayette captivates folks even today.

The statue is removed. But the marquis will return.

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York, Pa.’s grand Lady Linden: The city house built by farm harvesting machinery

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Yes, the Lady Linden. And a grand lady she is. Queen of The Avenues, a neighborhood that grew along the trolley line that ran from York, Pa.’s Continental Square to Dover. As this Picturing History slider shows, at left is the Lady Linden, an 1887 Queen Anne house on Linden Avenue in York, circa 1890. And at right, the Lady Linden, now a bed and breakfast, is seen in a late 2014. The Lady Linden’s website gives this brief history: ‘Lady Linden was built in 1887 for industrialist Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his business partner, Walker A. Dromgold, came to York from Perry County in 1878 to manufacture farm harvesting implements for steam tractors and horse drawn. Many of these items were of their own design and patent and were shipped to international destinations. They built their houses side by side with the same design footprint here on Linden Avenue and raised their families here. Both these gentlemen were very active in the community and family members remained here until 1920.’ More in the series: Picturing History archives. Also of interest:  Art and history and a celebration of the Avenues at a York, Pa. funeral home.

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And now, a photo of the Lady Linden, before renovations:

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Former Hupmobile dealership in York, Pa., now in Royal hands

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Royal Square has secured this building, among others, in the WeCo district of York, Pa. I wrote this on the Fixing York community Facebook Page: ‘Royal Square’s Bond Building sold Studebakers. RS’s Doll’s Garage, seen here, sold Hupmobiles. Really. Royal Square has this nice car thing going … . So thoughts on Royal Square’s WeCo venture?’ There’s a detailed description of the Royal Square expansion west of the Codorus in this York Daily Record story. The acquisition includes the well-known York Emporium building, left, and the bookstore will continue to operate there, its home for 10-years. Also of interest: The name’s Bond. Bond Building. Will it have a productive future?

Other neat stuff from all over … .

In Facebook discussion about Royal Square’s presence west of the Codorus, Terry Downs, a student of history, called for the developers to take a look at the Penn Street Farmers Market. Continue reading “Former Hupmobile dealership in York, Pa., now in Royal hands” »

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Young violinist at The Strand: Surely this is York, Pa., at its best

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This last-weekend Jason Plotkin photo brings together many themes related to York, Pa., and the many efforts toward its rebirth. A young person. Downtown. In the Arts District. Unleashing creativity. Perfecting her craft. Undetected. Before a York Symphony concert. All warm inside, in a beautiful snow. Photographer Jason Plotkin, who captured this scene from a perch on the parking garage across the street, wrote on Facebook: ‘Hey folks, got this photograph of 16-year-old Kristen Zak today as she was practicing her violin on the third floor at the Strand. It was neat to see her there while the snow was falling just outside of her window.’ Surely, this is York, Pa., at its best. Also of interest: See other photos in this York, Pa., at its best series.

Other important items from all over … .

The York community has learned about the death of two major community and history contributors this week:

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York County, Pa., residents love Pennsylvania Dutch food. We like to talk about it, too.

York countians like to comment on buildings, that’s proven by their engagement on Facebook. But we like to eat, and we like to share, like and comment about those delicacies that are distinctively Pennsylvania Dutch and York County, Pa. Notice the response this quiz received, not to mention the one about Avalong Farms Dairy Store below. But let’s not stop there. Feel free to weigh in yourself. Also of interest: Why Pennsylvania should keep its sticky fingers off whoopie pies and Check out these scores of York County quizzes and (fun) tests.

Check out the quizzes – on topics other than food!

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Hanover’s stately Young Manor isn’t so young, but it’s still spry

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The Young Manor  isn’t young, but it has a new tenants and energy. State Rep. Kate Klunk is one new tenant in the Carlisle Street fixture in Hanover. It’s also a branch for State Sen. Rich Alloway, according to an Evening Sun story. ‘The Young Manor was built in 1893 as a home for Howard Young, a Hanover area entrepreneur,’ the story states. ‘In 1946 the home was sold to the Hanover Shoe Company and used as an office facility.’ In a window of the 18,000-square-foot building stands a display of pictures and memorabilia courtesy of  Hanover Shoe Company’s L.B. Sheppard. Hanover Shoe occupied the space from 1945 to 1977. Also of interest:  In Hanover, Evening Sun’s newsroom moving into former Tanger Hardware space.

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Many folks are familiar with Greg Halpin, deputy York fire chief, who is retiring later this year.

Greg’s knowledge of York County and its history and, well, everything York, is a great community resource. He freely shares that knowledge on social media. Continue reading “Hanover’s stately Young Manor isn’t so young, but it’s still spry” »

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Surely, this is York, Pa., at its best. And worst.

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This is the City of York, Pa., at its best: Market day in the Beaver Street neighborhood that has been branded as the Market or Arts District. That’s the bright view at street level. Looming above are the crises facing the city and its schools. And the city’s safety or lack of safety, real and perceived. With these themes in mind, the York Daily Record/Sunday New is launching a solutions-based news initiative to seek out ideas and ignite the energy of residents who will be key to moving the city ahead. Reporters will go out into every city neighborhood to discover what’s out there, report on it and give the city and its residents the information they can use to help the city move ahead. Here are other out-of-the-gate ideas: The YDR has set up an open Facebook discussion group to gather your ideas. Its stated goal: ‘This group was created so people from the city and around York County can talk about what works and what doesn’t, and offer possible solutions.’ The name of the page and initiative? Fixing York, PA. So here’s a call for city residents and beyond to search for solutions. Other stories and photos in category:  ‘Surely, this is York County at its best.’

It was a big evening in York, Pa.

A dream night for backers of the downtown renaissance.

The York Symphony at the Strand-Capitol, a concert at Santander Stadium and a homecoming dance at the Valencia were on the crowded card.

This Saturday night in 2014 resembled the old days, those times that many York countians remember when sidewalks were full and the stores were all bright and beckoning.

The York Daily Record had journalists indoors at the events.

But what about the lit-up-and-alive downtown itself? I called our metro desk and suggested we send a reporter downtown to write about the good buzz on the sidewalks – maybe provide a glimpse into the future.

By night’s end, one was forced to ask: But what future? Continue reading “Surely, this is York, Pa., at its best. And worst.” »

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Ice fishing in York County, Pa.: ‘You just sit with your back to the wind …’

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Someone in the York, Pa., Daily Record office said the only way it would have been colder for ice fishing is if the anglers had been sitting on a block of ice. But actually it was colder this week … over at Lake Redman. So this fisherman and his partner moved to the somehow warmer air at nearby Lake Williams to ply their craft. Jason Plotkin braved this assignment and captured these photos, accompanied by YDR colleague Mike Argento. Mike’s story carried this headline: Ice fishin’ isn’t for the meek. No, it isn’t. Also of interest … about warm-weather fishing: Fisherman about Codorus Creek in York: ‘Was pleasantly surprised by the variety of fish.

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How do you keep warm when you sit in the middle of a frozen lake with a line through a hole in the ice? One 77-year-old fisherman told Mike Argento: ‘Today, it’s not so bad. You just sit with your back to the wind when you get too cold; you get up and cut another hole. That warms you up.’ And Jason Plotkin could have used a warm-up strategy after capturing this scene flat on his stomach. Check out this MediaCenter gallery of Jason Plotkin’s ice fishing photos.

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If you’ve ever wanted to buy a Golden Swan, here’s your chance in York, Pa.

The Golden Swan Tavern, seen from the square in York, which dates back to the early 1800's, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The building is for sale. Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News
The Golden Swan building, left, is for sale. This 200-year-old fixture on the southeast corner of York, Pa.’s Continental Square is listed for $605,000. ‘In addition to its views looking over Continental Square, the nearly 9,800 square-foot building has hardwood floors and a fireplace,’ the York, Pa., Daily Record Gary Haber wrote. ‘The building, which dates back to at least the early 1800s, has been known at various times in its history as the Weiser Building or the Golden Swan Tavern.’ Many York countians remember the building as Newswangers Shoe Store. Also of interest: York, Pa.’s, snowy Continental Square from on high: How did the photographer get this picture?

When something happens in York’s Continental Square, for 265 years or so the heart of York County, it makes the news.

So when a developer sought to buy 20 feet of the square as part of the deal for the Marketway building on the square’s northwest corner, it made news.

And when Well Fargo Bank puts the landmark Golden Swan on the market, people want to know about that too.

“It’s very historic in nature and plays an important part in the landscape of Continental Square,” Natalie Williams, of Downtown Inc., told the York Daily Record.

Indeed.

Check out these five additional images of the Golden Swan:

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