York County urban legend? The day a bulldozer sank from sight

sinkhole
Workers survey the large sinkhole located near the Black Lane Bridge in Adams County. York and Adams counties aren’t sites of large house-swallowing sinkholes, as happens in Florida, but the prevailing limestone substructure provides some unexpected holes on occasion. Related posts: Don’t go looking for a bootprint on a Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge support and Another urban legend? Is Civil War-era cash buried around Hanover?

 

Was there a day when York County’s fertile soil swallowed a steam shovel?
That story has an aura of urban legend to it. It reminds one a little of a prevalent myth around Wrightsville that a worker on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge fell into some cement and was left there. In fact, people in Wrightsville have been known to teasingly tell boaters that if they look at a certain bridge support, they can see the outline of a boot.
Anyway, Garland Sweitzer queried about the bulldozer incident, which he heard from credible sources. Ring a bell with anyone? Please reply.
The facts, according to Garland:

Do you have any information on the sinkhole that swallowed construction equipment that was working at the intersection of North Sherman and Mount Zion? I always thought it was an old quarry that was being filled.
My uncle was a boy at the time (circa 1955?) and said that one night the steam shovel, etc. was there and the next day it had disappeared, apparently into an underground river. I believe I was told that divers investigated but the equipment was never found, too deep, I guess.
I believe my sources and would like to read more.

Related posts: Don’t go looking for a bootprint on a Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge support and Another urban legend? Is Civil War-era cash buried around Hanover?

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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2 Responses to York County urban legend? The day a bulldozer sank from sight

  1. Bill Landes says:

    My Grandfather owned a Farm in the vicinity of Mt Zion and North Sherman Street. He sold it around 1955 but I remember that there were several quarries in this area…..I guess this was possible after all.

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