Foustown, a company town now a ghost town, losing its landmark smokestack


This damaged smokestack, part of the long-abandoned Foust distillery, is coming down starting at 7:30 a.m. today. (In fact, part of it was pulled down as these photographs attest.) The stack was left standing is 1979 to honor William Foust. A recent lightning strike mortally wounded the tall stack. (By coincidence, another smokestack, up the railroad in Mount Wolf at the former New York Wire site, is also coming down on an undetermined date.) Also of interest: Rocks in the Glen turns into a town where things happen and A traffic jam on the streets of Foustown in 1912.

York County has company towns, albeit unlike those in, say, coal mining areas. Spring Grove is an example of that.

York County also has ghost towns or at least sites which were much more than what they were. Coulsontown in Peach Bottom Township hosts a few preserved Welsh miners’ cottages.

But Foustown in Springfield Township is an example of a company town and ghost town.

Foustown grew up around William Foust’s distillery. But Prohibition put a fatal crimp in its product line.

An attempt to create alcohol for uses other than drinking in World War II produced a smokestack that was never used.

Demolition workers left the smokestack standing in 1979, marking a settlement of houses that represented what was left of Foustown.

It stood tall until today, when a demolition crew is again visiting the site.

Lightning dealt a lethal blow to Foustown’s smokestack.

For details about the Foustown stack demolition, visit: Two smokestacks coming down in York County.

Also of interest:

- Foustown now a ghost town: Raid there once netted 300 barrels of quality firewater

- Lightning also damaged smokestack at historic market in Hanover.

- Carrie Nation in York, Pa.: ‘I told them that they were maintaining a drunken men’s club’

Also:

- Museum goer: ‘I really like these old pictures of Glen Rock’.
- Parade Music Prince Roland Seitz: From Shrewsbury Township -Glen Rock to Friday Night Lights.
- Mystery of Glen Rock-area’s Narrow Gauge Road deepens.
- This time, entrepreneur in York County’s Glen Rock bet on the wrong horse.
- Glen Rock hilltop farm: ‘You cannot stay stressed here for long’.
- Add obscure marker to list of things to see in Glen Rock
- Glen Rock marked site of AMP/Tyco’s first Pa. plant .

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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