And now … from The Dell, formerly of York, Pa.: Sixth annual ‘State of the Shady’ report

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Tom Anderson of Shady Dell Music and Memories blog provided this photo from Gettysburg resident Phil Spangler of the house that later became teen hangout Shady Dell in Spring Garden Township. The hillside has change over the years, and the vastly remodeled Dell, closed for more than 20 years, is privately owned. But memories remain as found on Anderson’s blog. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos of the Shady Dell. 

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Former York countian Tom Anderson, aka The Shady Dell Knight of Shady Dell Music and Memories blog fame, is guest blogger today on YorkTownSquare.com.

The occasion? Shady M & M’s sixth anniversary.

York Town Square was there to help get out word that the Shady Dell Knight had started posting good stuff about the former southside York teen hangout.  We’re there right now to host the 6th ‘State of the Shady.’ And hope to be there in the future. Because memories of the Dell will be around ‘a while.’

And now, courtesy of the Shady Dell Knight: Continue reading “And now … from The Dell, formerly of York, Pa.: Sixth annual ‘State of the Shady’ report” »

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Williams Grove Speedway’s 75th birthday year: 6 links capture a big racing weekend

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Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett is seen in the Dash race this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway. The weekend brought together The World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse at the speedway, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. The YDR’s Chris Dunn captured this classic American scene, suitable for Norman Rockwell, a speeding car, dirt track and attentive audience. Also of interest: All Wheels of York stories and photos from the start.
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York County’s love affair with its all things on two or four wheels extends right across the York/Cumberland line into Williams Grove. On race nights, York countians migrate toward the northwest.

So to observe the 75th anniversary of the track, here are 6 scenes that touch on The Grove, as its fans call the one-half mile clay oval where sprint car racing reigns: Continue reading “Williams Grove Speedway’s 75th birthday year: 6 links capture a big racing weekend” »

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Versatile Dempwolfs designed York, Pa., mansions – and carriage houses

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The work of Dianne Bowders appears again on YorkTownSquare. This one captures a familiar Dempwolf design in York, Pa. But not a mansion this time. Here is the York Township resident’s description of the building above:  ’John Augustus Dempwolf, born in Germany and educated at Cooper Union Institute, changed the face of York with his prolific architectural designs. During the 50 years that J. A. was designing for his firm, more than 600 buildings are credited to him, his brother Reinhart, and son Frederick. The firm was active in York from 1874-1920. This Dempwolf designed carriage house now serves as a maintenance facility for Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, PA. It is located adjacent to the main entrance on North George Street.’ Also of interest: Same cemetery. Another Bowders photo. Another Dempwolf design.

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Interesting things from all over … .

The Zachary Clouser Bridge in Dover has been dedicated in recognition of the fighting man from that area who was killed in Iraq.

“Let this dedication keep Zachary’s memory alive so future generations may learn about his sacrifice and a well-lived life,” State Rep. Seth Grove said.

The naming of he bridge comes from state legislation to rename spans after heroes. Continue reading “Versatile Dempwolfs designed York, Pa., mansions – and carriage houses” »

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These 10 York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen, Part II

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This photo does what it was meant to do: Capture York, Pa.’s, industrial might in World War II. With this many execs in command and the York Plan in high gear, the Allies would win against the Axis threat. (When seeing this iconic photo, I always wonder how Yorktowne Hotel staff served the fare. These mighty captains of industry would be forced to pass the course down the table. Servers couldn’t fit between the packed rows.) These leaders were part of the York Plan, a cooperative effort to pools, machinery and manpower to executive large defense contracts. See a female manager at work below: Floorola shifted from waxing floors to scrubbing Axis foes.

In the last post – Part I: These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen – I cover themes that have been covered. And some that need to be covered.

Here’s quick hit list of 10 more topics that call for more academic work and subsequent publication in book or digital form: Continue reading “These 10 York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen, Part II” »

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These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen

snyder'sOne-room schools intrigue and captivate York countians. More work is needed to inventory and identify these 300 or more sturdy structures that were a way of life in York County, Pa., from the 1830s to the 1950s. Then we must learn about their impact on York County some 60 years after the last one closed. One such school is pictured above. Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel studied the whereabouts of this old building, identified it as Snyder’s School. It was located off Route 216. ‘If you come out of Glen Rock, pass the old Foust Distillery about half a mile, there is a road to the left called Rishel Road. If you go up Rishel Road and start down the backside of the hill, it was back in there is what I was told,’ he wrote in an email.  This photo, from Nov. 7, 1921, includes  Lewis A. Lentz, far right, second row, and his sister, Erma Lentz, third from right, third row. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about York County’s one-room schools. and York County’s one-room schools represent a master’s degree waiting to happen and Part I: More history topics ready for graduate thesis.

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I recently ran across a past Gettysburg-based Civil War Institute’s presentation schedule that listed a speech with an intriguing title.

That 2013 speech, by noted scholar Gary Gallagher, was titled:  ”Is There Anything Left to Say About the Battle of Gettysburg?”

I immediately applied that to York County. Every year, a half dozen or more books are published about York County topics. Continue reading “These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen” »

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Codorus Creek had swinging bridge, but ‘You couldn’t swing it much’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Weco?/Most peaceful place in York County?

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‘We kids would go up there on that swinging bridge in the summertime and, in between working hours, we’d dive off of the bridge into the creek or we’d make it swing. You couldn’t swing it much, but a little bit. We had great times there at that swinging bridge.’ Late in life, Raymond Sechrist provided these boyhood recollections of this swinging bridge.This tightly bound span provided a short cut for workers walking from North York to York Safe & Lock and back. It crossed at Small Meadow. Thanks to Papergreat.com for making this colorized postcard available. It was addressed to Miss Georgia B. Klinefelter of East Orange, N.J., in 1911. The photo in this YorkTownSquare post – When the bridge over the Codorus moved - provides a black-and-white view of the bridge and the story with it provides other Sechrist memories. Also of interest: Check out these other stories and photos about York Safe & Lock.

Other neat stuff from all over… . Continue reading “Codorus Creek had swinging bridge, but ‘You couldn’t swing it much’” »

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It’s a History Mystery! Photos/stories score well on Facebook, other social media

 

Twice a day, seven days a week, I put up History Mystery photos on YDR’s Facebook page. One example is above and others below.

I do this for several reasons YDR’s Facebook page  has a following of more than 32,000 fans, so it gets York County history places, people and stories before a large audience. The audience over there are not history specialists, so it gets YorkPa history before a group of “lay people,” who engage, delight and gain information about things of our past.

Further, the photos usually tie to past posts on this blog, bring back old material before new audiences. (I also put some History Mysteries on my own Facebook page. Feel free to like.)

Almost all posts to YDR Facebook gain a reach of 10,000 people and many 20,000 and above. A couple, 50,000 +.

I often bring these YDR Facebook “embeds” back to posts to this blog, as well.

You might see more of these history mysteries on here as we go forward.

Enjoy, and feel free to like, share or comment. If you’re stumped, click on the link and you’ll be delivered to the answer! Continue reading “It’s a History Mystery! Photos/stories score well on Facebook, other social media” »

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Quiet Arles Park teaches active lessons about York, Pa.

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This marker, with plaque, marks Arles Park in York, Pa.’s, east end. The plaque gives a brief history of the city park at East King and Pattison streets. It was dedicated in 1961, six years after the formation of York Twinning Association. That community group formed an alliance with Arles, France, the source of the French name attached to the park. Also of interest: York still twinning with France, Germany after 50-plus years.

 

 

 

 
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The other day, I noted that visiting York’s parks is a good way to get to know the city.

Arles Park, I wrote, was the only one of the 25 city rec areas that I have not visited. (I’ve even been to tiny and obscure Little Jimmy’s Park on the city’s north side).

I’ve now completed the tour, spending some time in Arles Park.

There’s a lot to that park, even though empty in my mid-morning weekday visit. Continue reading “Quiet Arles Park teaches active lessons about York, Pa.” »

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High Rock in York County, Pa. So, which High Rock is this?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Outfitting the CW re-enactor/All roads lead to York

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Chris Otto tells us about all kinds of interesting things over at Papergreat.com. He found the High Rock postcard above. The question seems to be: Which York County High Rock is it? Maybe one of you can help? A couple of us have weighed in, as you will see by clicking on the comments icon. (Update:) As you’ll see in comments, geologist Jeri Jones’ weighed in on the location of these rocks. His final judgment: In the Pigeon Hills near the intersection of High Rock Road and Moulstown Road. So, mystery solved?

Meanwhile, here’s another Facebook post that locates one High Rock in York County:

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At Duncannon’s Red Rabbit, it’s OK to ask for extra Bunny Dust

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The Red Rabbit experience awaits motorists traveling on Route 322 about 15 miles north of Harrisburg. It’s, indeed, an experience. A delicious experience. The drive-in’s motto?  ‘Make Red Rabbit a Habit.’ They succeeded. Also of interest: Decision at Hanover’s Tropical Treat – Fat boy or Italian steak?

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These hamburger places and their coveted recipes.

York County’s wonderful Bury’s red sauce recipe, though widely published, is closely held. In fact, a secret.

Perry County’s Red Rabbit has mysterious Bunny Dust which it sprinkles on its burgers, fries (online reviewers say ask for extra) and other menu items. Continue reading “At Duncannon’s Red Rabbit, it’s OK to ask for extra Bunny Dust” »

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