Monthly Archives: November 2005

Gurgling all the way from Texas to New Jersey

People usually overlook “The Big Inch” because it runs underground. Few know that this major petroleum pipeline and its smaller neighbor travel across York County on their way to the East Coast. “The Big Inch” and “Little Big Inch” have … Continue reading

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Trees commemorate World War I vets

A reader wrote us with a question about the sycamore trees lining the Susquehanna Trail in stretches between York and Maryland. He had heard they were planted in memory of World War I soldiers and was seeking details.

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After answer to question about the York Fair: ‘She sank in her chair’

I wrote an editorial titled “Don’t celebrate York’s surrender” for the York (Pa.) Daily Record on Nov. 25. The editorial (see below) shows how history and journalism can squarely meet. Also, I tried to keep in mind that students of … Continue reading

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Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge celebrates quiet birthday

The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River quietly passed its 75th anniversary on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Many stories surround the 7,500-foot-long structure, in secondary use since construction of the Wright’s Ferry Bridge in 1972. But first its vital statistics:

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Wrightsville’s overlooked war memorials

This veterans memorial stands at Wrightsville’s American Legion Post #469. It is easily seen. Just start across Veterans Memorial Bridge, aka, the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. Also of interest: ‘There’s more right about Wrightsville … .’ Wrightsville’s history goes back so far … Continue reading

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Of York County cartoons and Oregon catalogues

A Walt Partymiller cartoon will appear in an upcoming catalogue detailing the papers of Ava Helen and Linus Pauling, holder of two Nobel Prizes. Partymiller drew editorial page cartoons for The Gazette and Daily in York for 30 years and … Continue reading

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Where was the arsenal on Arsenal Road?

Jerry Ambrose wondered recently about why York’s stretch of Route 30 is known as Arsenal Road. I wasn’t aware of a true arsenal ever being there. I checked with a local historian, and she confirmed my best thinking. During World … Continue reading

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York County poet: ‘Her words helped win the war’

My Sunday column on Flo Snyder’s poetic contributions to Allied war effort in World War II is an example of journalism meeting history. I came across the young woman’s writings in research on a World War II book. Sixty years … Continue reading

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Yorkblog leads to reverse publishing

Yorkblog.com features blog-only entries or stories and commentary from the York Daily Record/Sunday News. A Veterans Day editorial in Friday’s newspaper touts a different twist. We cobbled material originally part of several “York Town Square” entries to form the core … Continue reading

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York’s rowhouses becoming an endangered species

Workers tear down rowhouses damaged in a Chestnut Street fire on July 9, 2009. Background posts: York County … ‘A smorgasbord of architectural styles’ and Deadly York fire: ‘There never was a more horrible one’ and York’s worst blaze struck … Continue reading

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