How one photograph teaches lesson about change in York County, Part II – Linked in to York County history, 4/12/13

Steam into History/Lincoln Highway Garage/Old York airfields

Is this a road to nowhere or a road from nowhere? Anyway, this dead-end off Route 30 near Abbottstown bears a stop sign with no traffic to stop. Motorists can turn left from a country road near Emig’s Route 81 Diner, travel about 20 feet and come face-to-face with mounds of dirt. What you have is a developer’s early efforts to develop the field behind the dirt. Did he or she run out of money? Did the Great Recession shut off financing? Ten years ago, this project would have been buzzing. Today, the sign is indicative of many projects stopped before it really started. But that’s not entirely bad. Developers are not using up York County’s precious green space, such as the field facing this stop sign, as often as in the past. Also of interest: One photograph teaches lesson about change in York County, Part I.

Neat stuff from all over … .

People still remember the Lincoln Highway Garage, long replaced by a customized Turkey Hill on East Market Street that has some features of the original landmark.

We received such an inquiry recently by someone with links to longtime proprietor Lynn Haines and passed along these LHG stories and photos: Lincoln Highway garageman returns to site and Website filled with old Lincoln Highway photos and Old Lincoln Highway made it possible to get from here to there.

Steam into History: This story establishes the date that the steam-powered excursion train will begin running: June 1. The grand opening is set for June 21-23.

Old airfields: Veteran York County observer Gary Dutery, living and working in Florida, keeps track of things in his home county via social media. He recently flagged an interesting website titled “Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields in Pennsylvania.” Check out the old Crumling airstrip near Hallam. now an industrial park.

Favorite place in the world: The Bedford Springs Hotel in Bedford, Pa., is a great place to visit – or stay. This website tells a bit about that landmark, favorite of U.S. presidents.

Forgotten ficus? The large tree without a home now has one – at York College of Pennsylvania. The 7-foot ficus was in the news recently after its owner, moving from town, left it behind.

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3 Responses to How one photograph teaches lesson about change in York County, Part II – Linked in to York County history, 4/12/13

  1. Jim … The Crumling Airstrip near Hallam pretty much stopped being used when a high-voltage transmission line was constructed running over the extreme western end of the airstrip. I say, pretty much, because Bendix company planes still occasionally used the airstrip after the high-voltage transmission line had been built; to visit their Bendix plant near Stony Brook.

  2. Jim … Since my initial response, I have discovered some corrections are needed to the ‘Airstrip near Hallam entry’ on the “Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields in Pennsylvania” web site. This all started with the discovery of my note from 1972; it was Frank Wills, an ex-Bendix employee, who told me about this airstrip and the ‘daredevil pilots of Bendix.’

    When I was assigned to the Advance Engineering Group at York Division of Borg-Warner in 1972, Frank’s desk was directly behind mine. Frank had previously joined York after Bendix closed their York Plant in Stony Brook. I tend write things down, soon after I hear interesting and odd facts; this story qualified:

    “Frank Wills’ tale of the Daredevil Pilots of Bendix. Funny, they continued to use the Dustman Airport even after the high-voltage power lines were constructed. One pilot claimed to have taken off under the power lines. Frank thought he was joking, but wasn’t sure; knowing stunts he claimed to have done. Dustman Airport was started by a man that did crop-dusting; such an appropriate name! This airport was one of the reasons that Bendix selected the Stony Brook site to build the plant; a lot of back and forth to the Maryland plant made easy by a short flight from a nearby airport. Bendix teamed up with another defense contractor to pave the runway. Cat Tractor planes used this airport a lot when their plants were being constructed. Several York companies using airport regularly until the power lines went up; thereafter daredevil Bendix pilots were only ones bringing their planes in.”

    Today I checked John Wolfe’s book “Profile of Aviation, York Co., PA 1925-1998” at the York County Heritage Trust. The Dustman Airport that I noted is actually the Dusman Airstrip; a grass strip originally built by crop duster Gil Dusman. Dusman Airstrip was paved in 1952 (the same year that the Bendix plant was built in Stony Brook). Dusman Airstrip is WEST of Hallam. All the AERIAL PHOTOS, in the ‘Airstrip near Hallam entry’ on the “Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields in Pennsylvania” web site, are of Dusman Airstrip; with a 2,700 ft. Macadam Runway. Wolfe’s book indicates that Bowen-McLaughlin was involved with paving the runway and had one of the hangars. Also Dentists’ Supply (Dentsply) had a hangar at Dusman Airstrip.

    Crumling Airstrip is EAST of Hallam. All the AERONAUTICAL CHARTS, in the ‘Airstrip near Hallam entry’ on the “Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields in Pennsylvania” web site, refer to Crumling Airstrip; with a 1,500 ft. Grass Runway, it operated until 1993.

    I’m posting something about the Bendix Plant in Stony Brook on Monday at YorksPast. I’ve done research on the one-room school photos; first one will be posted this coming week.

  3. Jim … Dusman Airstrip (which is now the industrial park west of Hallam) and the arrival of the 1952 Bendix Plant at Stony Brook has now been posted on YorksPast

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