Linden Avenue interesting mix of residential, industrial – Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Aug. 3, 2012

More neat stuff below: Jeff Koons/Shrewsbury camp meeting site/Bad weather

Linden Avenue in Northwest York was an interesting blend of residential and industrial. That wasn’t a coincidence. Linden, in the Avenues, provided homes for workers and execs of nearby industries. And not just nearby industries. A trolley line, on its way to Dover to the north and York’s square to the south, ran by there giving neighborhood residents access to, really, most of York County.Indeed, the Avenues grew up with the trolley. This postcard, courtesy of York countian Dianne Bowders of’s Your Photos site, provides an 1890s view of Victorian homes on Linden. The original photographer was A. Walter Orwig. Of course, the best example of one of the grand homes in that neighborhood is the beautifully restored Lady Linden.  Linden was in the news last week with the ribbon cutting for a former factory along its length, the old York Casket building. It has been converted into the residential Linden Lofts. Also of interest: Trolleys helped make York’s Avenues sought-after locale.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Jonah Lehrer is a popular scientist/writer with close ties to York County.

We’ve featured his work several times on this blog: Author with York County ties: Learned the brain inside and out in writing ‘How We Decide’ .

Well, he’s under fire nationally because of some of his journalist practices. Check out this Book Buzz blog post for a rundown.

Another celeb with York ties: Dover-area native and internationally known pop artist Jeff Koons appeared on the TV’s Colbert Report this week. Check out this Colbert Report video.

Doleman in hall: York High grad Chris Doleman was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame last evening. Wonder what took National Football League so long? He’s the only York countian to make a hall of fame in a major sport.

Blog post of the day: Cannonball’s Scott Mingus highlights an old-time religious camp meeting site with Civil War ties: Camp Freedom near Shrewsbury was a Union army campsite & pre-war Methodist camp meeting site

Forum of the day: York countians have experienced unusual weather cycles for years. We’re in the middle of another one with daily afternoon shower, including another storm predicted for later today: What do you make of all this weird weather? Please comment below. Example of weirdness from York County’s past? York County residents passed through fire and water, or water and fire, in 1822

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Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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3 Responses to Linden Avenue interesting mix of residential, industrial – Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Aug. 3, 2012

  1. Deb Eck says:

    I saw this article and immediately knew that during the early 1900’s there were Trolley’s running thru the Avenue’s. My grandmother, Alice Sweitzer (Rosenzweig) lived in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave at the time and often told us about the Trolleys going right by her house. She used it to get the shirt factory that she worked at for most of her life. Those houses are big and have many bedrooms, living room and dining room etc. I miss that house on Pennsylvania Ave. and wish that I could live there again. Thank for sharing that photo.

  2. JT says:

    I own a chunk of trolley tie, acquired decades ago when a water main broke on Linden Ave and York Water Company needed to cut through the tie to repair the pipe.

    According to an early 1900’s atlas of the City the main track to the trolley barns at Hartley & Pennsylvania ran south on Hartley, turned left on Linden, then joined the Dover line at Rosevelt.

    Longtime residents told me that during the heyday of the trolley lines it was very noisy in the early morning as the cars headed out to their routes.

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