The year was 1887, and Borough of York, Pa., turned into the City of York, Pa. This came exactly 100 years after the Village of York became the Borough of York. All this called for a major celebration, and the arches in York’s Centre Square went up. Two longtime Centre Square market sheds just been torn down. Notice the flag pole that stood between those two market sheds stands here, acting as a tether for the ropes bearing banners. You can detect what looks like a former footprint of one market shed to the east of the flagpole. This is one of many celebrations of anniversaries and other moments that involved this square, now Continental Square. See: York County enjoys its big anniveraries, Part I. Also of interest: Since 1887, York mayors have dealt with the serious – and the silly.
The year was 1741, and Penn family agent Thomas Cookson was in the future village of York, Pa.
In fact, he was making the village of York, Pa., a reality by ably using his surveying equipment to lay out the area east of the Codorus Creek into squares.
He was not alone. Two local chain bearers helped him – Baltzer Spengler and Ulrich Whissler.
Those two men had traveled to Philadelphia in 1739 to meet with the Penns to set this survey plan into motion.
Cookson used the grids of Philadelphia as a model, and York’s squares came in at 480 feet wide and 520 feet long. Continue reading “York County, Pa., enjoys its big anniversaries, Part II: And there’s even more history to enjoy” »