Author Archives: Jim McClure

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.

York Fair 250: Civil War’s Worth Infantry band one of many entertainers to play at the fair

The Worth Infantry , a York County, Pa., unit captained by John Hay, was an early responder after the Confederate firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. Scott Mingus writes in his Cannonball blog that the unit was formed before the … Continue reading

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Lafayette Club’s murals could expose York, Pa., history to a different audience

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Yorktowne Hotel for sale/Hake brothers in WW II Gordon Freireich’s recent York Sunday News column reminds you that there’s a treasure on the walls of the Lafayette Club. Murals of York in 1825, courtesy of the … Continue reading

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This former Major Leaguer came from Red Land, home of the U.S. Little League winner. Can you ID him?

This former Major League baseball player is from Goldsboro, the area covered by the U.S. Little League champs from the Red Land Little League. This achieving athlete, one of the most accomplished baseball players to come from York County, Pa., … Continue reading

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Memory Lane in York County, Pa.: These 13 links will take you back

Certain venues – existing, demolition and reused – around York, Pa., bring back floods of memories. Melvin’s is one of those. The Springettsbury Township ice cream bar was demolished to make way for Interstate 83. But people remember it well. … Continue reading

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Where is the ‘Red Land’ region, as in the Red Land Little League champs?

In history, Red Land, Redland or Redlands, home of the Little League World Series U.S. champs, has been viewed as residing in York County’s northern tip, loosely following the lines of the West Shore School District. Motorists on Interstate 83 … Continue reading

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Where does the ‘red’ in Red Land Little League come from?

Many buildings in the Red Land region of York County, Pa., used local minerals as building materials. Such is the case of Lewisberry’s Redlands Meetinghouse, one of a band of Quaker houses of worship in the region. Long ago, the … Continue reading

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This closed-down mystery drive-in theater in Southcentral Pennsylvania begs you to stop and take a look

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Leno visited Harley-Davidson/Artist William Wagner’s seal Seeing something like this around Southcentral Pa. for the first time will cause some lovers of history and nostalgia to pull over and take a look. And pull out your … Continue reading

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Thomasville-area’s Biesecker’s Mill: ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it’

Biesecker’s Mill is one of the most architecturally interesting mills standing in York County, Pa., today. An adaptive reuse plan to convert it into apartments is in limbo, though. ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it. So we’re kind of stuck here,’ owner Eric Bickleman told the York Daily Record. The rangy, pre-Civil War mill measures in at 17,000-square-feet. So with its future unclear (a GoFundMe site is set up), we’ll look at its past. The book ‘Millers’ Tales’ gives these facts about the mill. Products made there in its milling days: White Lily and White Swan flour, Yorko Dog Food, Golden Corn mill. Types of milling done there: grist, saw and distillery. The Biesecker in the name comes from one of its owners, John Biesecker

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Discover these 17 neat places in your own York County, Pa., backyard. Actually, make that 18.

Fairmount Park in Red Lion has a splash park, picnic area, modern playground and much more. It’s a place to play or just sit. And let’s not forget, it has a stately war memorial – as stately as any in … Continue reading

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This York County, Pa., mystery estate sits on a hillside, but its putting green is flat

This beautiful ‪‎York County, Pa.,‬ estate, now a library and wedding venue, retains the putting green used by its owner. Where is this hillside estate? Have you been up there for an event?

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