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Fire in a York, Pa., box car filled with apples and beans: ‘Here was a thriller’

York’s Vigilant fire company, captured here in this Picturing York before-and-after slider, has done heroic work for years. But there was a moment in the late 1800s when townspeople bailed out the fire company. Yorkblogger June Lloyd told about the response to a fire in a box car filled with apples and beans: ‘I guess it is kind of embarrassing if your horse-drawn fire engine runs away, is stopped by a collision with your other engine and has to be people-drawn to the fire. That’s what happened to York’s Vigilant Fire Co. in the late 1800s.’ June provided a newspaper account with her 2011 post that led with: ‘Here was a thriller!’

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This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best

Love this photo. Fireworks. Baseball. Community band. And one of York County’s most feted musical groups – the Spring Garden Band – at that. Where’s the apple pie? This is surely York County, Pa., at its best.

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Check out this bird’s-eye view of a young Susquehannock High School

This aerial view shows Susquehannock High School in its early years. The high school came as part of the consolidations of York County and other Pennsylvania schools in the 1950s. Interestingly, York-based Buchart-Horn/BASCO Associaties (as it’s known today) designed this school and many others around its home county. In company history ‘Breaking Ground,’ Georg Sheets’ list of B-H high school buildings includes: York Suburban, Central, Spring Grove, Eastern, Northeastern and Red Lion. Susquehannock’s grounds are instructive. Fissel’s, a one-room school put out of business by consolidation, was left standing near the state-of-the-art Susquehannock High School. So there’s an intriguing generational contrast.

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When trolley cars clanged all around York County, Pa.

One hundred years ago, York County’s trolley system stretched from Bittersville to the southeast to Dover in the northeast. Then from Littlestown in Adams County and Hanover in the southwest to Wrightsville in the east. Here in this special before-and-after slider is the trolley line toward Wrightsville. It shows a car on East Market Street at Harrrison Street in 1939, the year the last trolley ran in York County.

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5 history mysteries to test your York, Pa., smarts

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. York countians really like to talk about their towns. So when you put a YDR Facebook post up like the one above showing a borough or landmark, it people respond. In this case, readers … Continue reading

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And now … from The Dell, formerly of York, Pa.: Sixth annual ‘State of the Shady’ report

Tom Anderson of Shady Dell Music and Memories blog provided this photo from Gettysburg resident Phil Spangler of the house that later became teen hangout Shady Dell in Spring Garden Township. The hillside has change over the years, and the vastly remodeled Dell, closed for more than 20 years, is privately owned. But memories remain as found on Anderson’s blog.

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Williams Grove Speedway’s 75th birthday year: 6 links capture a big racing weekend

Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett captured fifth place in the Dash race this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway. The weekend brought together The World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. The YDR’s Chris Dunn captured this classic American scene suitable for Norman Rockwell, a speeding car, dirt track and attentive audience.

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These 10 York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen, Part II

This photo does what it was meant to do: Capture York, Pa.’s, industrial might in World War II. With this many execs in command and the York Plan in high gear, the Allies would win against the Axis threat. (When … Continue reading

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These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen

One-room schools intrigue and captivate York countians. More work is needed to inventory and identify these 300 or more sturdy structures that were a way of life in York County, Pa., from the 1830s to the 1950s. Here is one such school. Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel studied the whereabouts of this old school, identified it as Snyder’s School. It was located off Route 216.

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Codorus Creek had swinging bridge, but ‘You couldn’t swing it much’

‘We kids would go up there on that swinging bridge in the summertime and, in between working hours, we’d dive off of the bridge into the creek or we’d make it swing. You couldn’t swing it much, but a little bit. We had great times there at that swinging bridge.’ Late in life, Raymond Sechrist provided these boyhood recollections of this swinging bridge.This tightly bound span provided a short cut for workers walking from North York to York Safe & Lock and back.

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