Old York County jail on endangered list

The city has listed the old York County jail on Chestnut Street among six endangered historic sites.
Some years ago, a developer eyed the massive prison for a restaurant, but plans never moved forward. Now, city officials are looking for any investor to save the six-story structure in the revived Sovereign Bank Stadium area. …


The prison – or its older, now-demolished cellblock – served as the location for capital punishment up to 1915 when Pennsylvania centralized its executions at Rockview.
Curtis Sipple, alias Robert Hicks, was the first county resident to be executed at Rockview in 1919. He had killed two bunkmates with a metal bar as part of robbery plan in the railroad town of Cly in northeastern York County.
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About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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One Response to Old York County jail on endangered list

  1. DEB SNOOK says:

    i feel this is a very historical part of york county please do not get rid of this building