How the ‘Barnes Dance’ allowed you to cross this York, Pa., intersection at any angle

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After I suggested that people were jaywalking at this mystery York, Pa., intersection, a YDR Facebook commenter stated: ‘This was NOT jaywalking. It was a short-lived intersection plan called “Barnes’ Dance” … . All vehicular traffic was stopped, and all pedestrian traffic was allowed to cross at any angle. It did not last long. Eventually the city returned to the customary configuration.’ Notice the complex crosswalk markings. But the History Mystery remains. What city intersection are you seeing here in this mid-1950s view? Answer and other photos of this spot: York City. Also of interest: Check out more quizzes and fun tests.

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Jim McClure – Scott Fisher, FYI (although I cannot get my hands around this man’s art)

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*Top photo courtesy of York County Heritage Trust

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

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