Some folks, aware of the underground comfort stations in York, Pa.’s, Continental Square, are nonetheless not sure where these men’s and women’s facilities sit. Well, the former planter that has caused the roof problems below marks the spot. The York Daily Record/Sunday News photo shows the circular planter’s footprint. So below the planter rests the restrooms. (See more comfort station photos below). Also of interest: A hidden hall links York’s underground comfort stations.
The damage caused from the planters above. Some folks are asking good questions about the facilities. Who would take a shower – or a bath – down there. One set of users would be people passing through who didn’t need – or couldn’t afford – hotel rooms. Also of interest: Prohibition forced the drinking of alcohol – and York’s comfort stations – underground.
Of course, you can locate the comfort stations by looking for stairs at Continental Square’s southeastern corner. Also of interest: For decades, York’s comfort stations spelled relief.
History mystery: On my Facebook page and the YDR’s Facebook page (which crossed 30,000 fans yesterday, btw), commenters shown big interest in those underground facilities. Click on the links to weigh in.