5 quick facts about East Market Street’s Welcome to York sign

York, Pa., Mayor Kim Bracey didn’t like the looks of this conflicting message – welcome v. do not enter – so she successfully asked PennDOT to fix it. The entry as it appears today is shown in another photograph made by the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Paul Kuehnel below. Also of interest: York’s one-way street pattern put in place to combat post-World War II traffic congestion.

That sign that welcomes westbound motorists on East Market Street to York?

It’s more than a sign. It’s a symbol of the city’s hospitality.


Well, here are 5 quick facts about the sign, courtesy of the most recent story in the ydr.com series ‘Exit Interviews’:

Size of sign: 4 feet by 4 feet.

Made of: Sandblasted redwood

Made by: Impressive Signs, Spring Garden Township. The nearby company maintains the sign, too.

Bookended by: Another sign welcoming eastbound motorists of West Market Street.

Endangered by: An errant  motorist and also thieves who stole the finials – the golden balls – from atop its posts.

Plus 1

What is the image on the sign’s back?

“Exit Interviews” tells you, and  tomorrow’s yorktownsquare.com post digs into a bit deeper, with photo!

And a question:

There’s a counterpart sign (s) welcoming eastbound motorists on West Market Street. Why aren’t there identical signs welcoming motorists entering York from the south and north?

Now that’s more like it. No mixed message here. But city officials hope to change this piece of East Market Street to two-way.


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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