York County quiz II: Check out your local history smarts

No York County place sparks more conversation on social media than this wonderful place. Many York countians have visited this estate, and they come back with stories they’ll readily share. The York Daily Record has visited this property several times, so we have many photographs that we’ll continue to share. Feel free to join in the conversation. Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests about York County’s past.

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Labor Day in York, Pa.: Recalling the day when labor leaders met in secrecy

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The image of this old railroad bridge came from the cover (see below) of Richard L. Boyd’s 1995 book ‘The Bridge.’  To Dick Boyd, the span represents an important reminder of days in York, Pa., when the relationship of unions and management often was not productive and union organizers met in secrecy under the bridge. (Check out this list of Labor Day 2014 activities in York County). Also of interest:  Dick Boyd’s memoir tells inside story of York workers’ statue and  The Bridge from the air.

Head east on the old railroad line, and you’ll see a bridge that spans the Codorus Creek in York, Pa.

It’s one of those increasingly rare truss types with those overhead support beams and all.

But it’s not the bridge that is historic. It’s what went on under the bridge 80 years ago that is remembered.

Remembered, that is, by some York County workers and particularly by Richard Boyd, longtime labor leader in York County. Continue reading “Labor Day in York, Pa.: Recalling the day when labor leaders met in secrecy” »

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Kiwanis Lake in York, Pa., 1957: ‘Swans first, now a fountain’

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Kiwanis Lake at its best … at sunset, several years ago. The lake will be part of Labor Day activities on Monday, as it has been for years: Staycation. Swans have also been part of the York, Pa., City park for many years. Also of interest: How Kiwanis Lake has changed since it was developed in 1952 and Labor Day in York, Pa.: Recalling the day when labor leaders met in secrecy

York resident Joe Stein went on the hunt for fountains at Kiwanis Lake- home of Labor Day events on Monday.

He came up with a newspaper account from 1957 – five years after the York City park came in.

Here it is as a bit of history on a weekend in which Kiwanis Lake will be in the headlines.

From the Aug. 6, 1957, Gazette and Daily, ‘Swans first, now a fountain’:

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Foodstrucks have been rolling along York streets for decades

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dead Red Bats/Bury’s burgers in Springettsbury
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Long before Foodstruck invaded York County for two events, food trucks – or food cycles – patrolled the streets of York County, Pa. The Yorkco Ice driver sits on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – much later made in York. For a third time, Foodstruck will come to York – to Penn Park Sunday, Aug. 31. Also of interest: Foodstruck event offers insight about the direction York is heading.

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How’s this for a unlikely combo: Bierman’s sells ice cream and oysters – two iconic York County dishes? Of Sunday’s third Foodstruck – this one at a new location in Penn Park – an organizer said: “We’re trying to turn it into an all-day, more festival feel,” Given said. Also of interest: Can once-grand Penn Park become grand again?

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Digging Camp Security: 10 ways to know more about York’s British POW camp

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First they tilled the Springettsbury Township field, and then volunteers and trained archaeologists went to work. They found some 18th-century artifacts, significant because this could be the site of Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1781 to 1783.  Also of interest:  Researcher pulling together strands to weave story of British POW Camp Security.

The other day, a knowledgeable York countian said he never really understood Camp Security. He thought for years the camp from the American Revolution was run by the British. But then after seeing news of the dig on the presumed site, he understood that the Redcoats did not cross the Susquehanna River. In fact, 2,000-something British prisoners were detained at the site.

So there’s one example of the value of the archaeological work in Springettsbury Township.

So whether you’re catching up or just want to know more about the camp and the dig there this week, here are 10 links that will help.

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How one big York, Pa., building tells an even larger story


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This 210 York Street  building houses members of the rock band Live’s recording studio and headquarters of United Fiber & Data and Think Loud, among other enterprises. Before Live moved into this 53,000-square-foot space, Bi-Comp was in there. And before Bi-Comp, Maple Press operated there. Also of interest: Live’s plans for old Bi-Comp building part of memorable news cycle.

Buildings are artifacts and tell a story about York County’s past and present, much like those buttons and coins uncovered in Springettsbury Township will reveal much about life in the American Revolution’s Camp Security.

So a study of Think Loud’s York Street building – inside and out and from atop and above – can tell us about a changing York County. The following photos provide an exposition of a building-sized artifact:

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York’s Knights of Malta temple: ‘And what a building it was’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Camp Security dig underway/10 favorite history books?
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In the late 1950s throught the 1970s, many historic York, Pa., buildings were demolished, often to provide parking to allow city retailers to compete against suburban shopping centers. This building’s site was put to a different purpose. It came down, but another stately office building took its place in 1959 – the headquarters for J.E. Baker Co. No parking lot was allowed on this prime 232 E. Market St. spot. Gordon Freireich told about the original building , dedicated in 1922, in a recent York Sunday News column: The Malta Temple: a place of celebrations. Its dimensions reflected the mood of the Roaring 20s:  63½ feet wide and 250 deep. That’s 80 yards back from East Market St. ‘And what a building it was,’ Gordon wrote. Today, the site is ready for a new life. The neighboring York County Heritage Trust, current owner, has the building for sale. Also of interest:  Adding up all its clubs, organizations and churches, York County, Pa., is a quietly social place.

Interesting stuff from all over … .

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Check out your York, Pa., smarts with this history quiz

It was serendipity that it worked out this way, but the answers to the quiz above and the one immediately below rest in one York, Pa., law firm. In other words, the two attorneys who are answers for those two quizzes are principals with the same law firm. I won’t name the firm because it will give away the answers. But I’ve already given enough clues for you to participate by commenting, liking or sharing. If you’re stumped, click on the goo.gl link. Feel free to engage in the other quizzes in the same way. Also of interest: Here are additional quizzes to test your knowledge of York County and York County history.

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York, Pa.’s, unforgettable landmark: Lincoln Highway Garage

Linked in/Neat stuff: Digging at Camp Security/Question about one-room  school

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The Lincoln Highway Garage was an often-photographed landmark in the York area. And why not? It went back to the early days of the Lincoln Highway, opening for business in 1921. Its proprietors provided over-the-top service before that became a cliche. The restaurant was welcome on a night like this – in 1950 – before fast-food started coming into the York area about 1970. But the old landmark came down 10 years ago, and a modern convenience store went up in time for a 2005 dedication. That provides an interesting old-and-new comparison in itself – the transition from full-service stations to self service in the form of a Turkey Hill store that adapted themes from the old garage into its design. This post when Royal Farms went in on Route 30, the Lincoln Highway’s bypass, discusses this change a bit more. See the full slate in the Picturing History series. Also of interest: Here is another view of the Lincoln Highway Garage/Turkey Hill before-and-after combo.

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Getting to know Mount Wolf, Tom Wolf’s hometown, in 10 easy links

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Mount Wolf borough sits in the center of this undated picture. That road running diagonally starting at about 7 o’clock gives it away – the longtime main connector between Mount Wolf and its neighboring borough, Manchester. The terrain looks flat here, of course, but it’s actually rolling. The town was a summit on the railroad, the source of ‘Mount.’ Interest is growing in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s home in boyhood and adulthood. Also of interest: Wolf Man. Wolfchester. No, the Village of Mount Wolf.

For years, Charles Stambaugh has been involved with Mount Wolf’s history documentation, 2010 centennial, website, and museum planning. He even has an official Mount Wolf job, as the borough’s tax collector.

So he knows what’s going on in Mount Wolf, and what is going on is that people from far and wide are interested in this borough of about 1,400.

“We reprinted our history book, and they are selling like hot cakes, and our website is seeing a lot of traffic,” he told York Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel. “Everyone is interested in where the possible new governor lives.”

That candidate for governor, of course, is Mount Wolf’s own Tom Wolf.

So inspired by Charlie’s enthusiasm about Mount Wolf,  we, too, will try to be helpful by hereby providing 10 links about Mount Wolf, past and present: Continue reading “Getting to know Mount Wolf, Tom Wolf’s hometown, in 10 easy links” »

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