Monthly Archives: October 2007

Skinny dipping in the Codorus?

This photograph shows the Codorus Creek near Richland Avenue before flood-control efforts changed its look. A favorite swimming hole located downstream offered birthday-suit-clad bathers – and passengers on passing trains – a summertime thrill. Background post: What is the probability … Continue reading

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Map explains York, Pa.’s $50 million Northwest Triangle redevelopment area

The Smyser-Royer building on York’s North Street will be restored under the Northwest Triangle plan. Other historic buildings slated for restoration include: the old post office building on Philadelphia and North Beaver streets and the Keystone Color Works building, Gas … Continue reading

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Perrydale’s bovine: ‘She’s a wonderful, laid-back cow’

A cow at York Township’s Perrydell farm recently had triplets, a rare feat. But the fertile cow was outdone by a goat with quints some years ago. Background posts: Other cow stories: Boys, she’s a Confederate cow and The steer … Continue reading

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York landmark Futer Bros. building in new hands

This building in York, as drawn by Lewis Miller, scraped the sky higher than any other in the mid-1800s. John Hartman built a six-story building on the square’s southeast corner in 1850. Today, the Hartman Building stands, although shorter. It’s … Continue reading

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The 4 YorkBloggers write about history

A fun part about blogging is reader reaction generated by the posts. A series of posts on this blog about White Oak Park, The Shady Dell and other hangouts attracted numerous comments on the blog and helped sponsors of a … Continue reading

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Valencia Ballroom became cool place during Depression

The Lions state convention took place at York’s Valencia Ballroom in June 1938. This was typical of the scope of the gatherings taking place at the ballroom in those days. In addition to the dancing, the Valencia played host to … Continue reading

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This Bury’s burger sauce comes from a can

This photograph ran in the York Sunday News right after New Year’s Day in 2000, and its caption noted that the last of the Bury’s 11 York-area restaurants closed in 1986. By that time, McDonald’s had sprinkled its restaurants around … Continue reading

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Rebel Gen. John B. Gordon’s assault at Wrightsville: ‘One of the shells found its mark’

Lewis Miller captures Pennsylvania Gov. Andrew Curtin, left, standing in a carriage reviewing troops at York’s Camp Scott early in the Civil War. The camp, located at the old York Fairgrounds, South Queen and East King streets, served as a … Continue reading

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Well-known doctor, York, Pa.’s Edmund Meisenhelder, beat back Spanish flu

An underground passage connected buildings at the old West Side Sanitarium, an antecedent of Memorial Hospital. Food and patients were shuttled through this passageway. Ruth Kammer wrote in “Inside West Side” that the tunnel occasionally served as home to an “unfriendly, nocturnal inhabitant which caused some consternation to employees and patients.”

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Mix ‘You know you’re a Yorker, if’ with oysters. You get…

A lot of fun and wonderful comments are floating around the blogs and The Exchange about oysters, that longtime favorite of York countians. Take Yorker Nancy Shue’s letter, “You know you’re a Yorker, if … ,” for example:

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