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York, Pa.’s, skyline: Where was the photographer standing to get this one?

York, Pa., Daily Record photographers has been capturing some interesting outdoor photographs of high school sports all-star groups. This photo came from a different ‘shoot,’ providing the cover of the basketball preview tab. We’re presenting it here because this photograph is outstanding, literally, and its compelling setting, with those historic buildings in the background. So, let’s test your downtown York, Pa. What are the tall buildings at left, center and right? Also, where are the players and photographer, Kate Penn, standing?

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Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: True York County Crime, 1866/Hoke House’s history Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving call of 1864 gained cold reception in York, Pa.

This was the extent of the York Gazette’s Thanksgiving Day notice. The Democratic newspaper opposed Lincoln’s war policies and did not warm up to his Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863 and its renewal a year later. Also of interest: Thanksgiving Day application … Continue reading

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Gov. Tom Wolf: Photographs, videos give colorful picture of historic day

Kate Penn’s photograph was one of hundreds captured by York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographers on an Election Day in which Pennsylvania elected York County’s own Tom Wolf as governor. As many anticipated, York County, with a big GOP registration … Continue reading

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George Leader became Pa.’s first governor from York, Pa., 60 years ago

This is one of a series of photographs from York, Pa., Daily Record files showing moments surrounding George Leader’s swearing in as Pennsylvania’s governor. The longshot candidate was top votegetter 60 years ago – in the November 1954 election. The question today is whether another York countian, Tom Wolf, can score a similar victory. Like Leader, Wolf was relatively unknown before the election year. But smart marketing, among other things, moved him ahead of other Dems in the spring primary, and polls show him ahead of challenger and sitting governor Tom Corbett today, Election Day, 2014.

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Adding York County sites to Underground Railroad list would help show ‘This place matters’

The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has added another Lancaster County site to its roster. The remains of the Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge, seen upriver from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in this photo, are part of this approved list. Ruins of the locks and dam of the Pennsylvania Canal, on Columbia Borough-owned land north of the Rt. 462 bridge, are also part of the list, according to historical consultant Randy Harris.

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These old York County steps, Part 6: Where did they lead?

These Springettsbury Township, Pa., steps don’t make sense. Why would someone want to walk from one fast-food place – Wendy’s – to another, Arby’s, both the the 2700 block of Route 462. So they must be left over from another time.

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History Mystery quiz: What was John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa.?

At a recent Leadership York class that I was part of, the topic came up. Did you know John Wilkes Booth spent time in York, Pa.? Class members were surprised. But when and where?

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The Judicial Center: Is it York County’s 4th or 5th courthouse?

The York County Judicial Center has offered the public views from all directions since it was dedicated 10 years ago. Here a visitor looks down on the Strand-Capitol complex on North George Street in York Pa. When it went up, the judicial center was among several high-profile projects new to York – the biggest and most expensive of them all.

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History doesn’t stink: Check out these photos of York County, Pa., outhouses

Linked in/Neat stuff: Bradnick kidnapping recalled/In the Roosevelt White House Mount Wolf’s Charlie Stambaugh has designed a regional plumbing business’s website, and to draw attention, he’s collecting photos of outhouses. The business’s pages are full of outhouses, many submitted from York … Continue reading

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