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50 years ago in York, Pa.: AMF paved way for Harley-Davidson

This Harley-Davidson motorcycle was assembled on Feb. 2, 1973, the first to roll off the line at the Harley plant in Springettsbury Township. This Sunburst Blue Sportster XLCH carries the serial number 4A60000H3. The company, then AMF, had just moved assembly of its bikes to York County. The bike, owned by Mercer County’s Mark Duell, is seen here in 2013, but was back in York and on display at the Harley open house and associated Bike Night and White Rose Thunder activities this weekend.

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The Roosevelts: A York County, Pa., history

Eleanor Roosevelt is among the First Ladies – or First Ladies to be – who have stayed at the Yorktowne Hotel over the decades. She’s pictured in the venerable hotel in 1942, in the early months of World War II.

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These 5 cityscape views came from atop old York Federal building

A York, Pa., Daily Record staff member found these photographs in a desk, and I grabbed them up for a viewing here on YorkTownSquare.com. The photographer stood atop what was then the York Federal Bank building, now York City Hall. The photos must have come when the bank building was being built in the mid-1970s. The parking lot in view here at King and George is now an parking garage and office building.

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Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill, Part II

After this YorkTownSquare.com post – Maryland nature center offers high dam, intact mill – I received this wonderfully composed photo of the Eden Mill Dam. It sits on Deer Creek in northern Maryland, but it has decided York County ties. The dam and nearby mill provided electricity for Fawn Grove in southeastern York County for years. Don McClure, the photographer, provided a couple of more photos of Eden Mill Nature Center on my Facebook page.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s first piano came from York’s Weaver Organ Company

In a 1996 scholarly paper, York College’s Van Baker said York native and Pulitzer Prizer winning composer Dominick Argento’s work ‘seem to find real people expressing their emotions clearly and convincing through song.’ Argento life and work was one of … Continue reading

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New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Some months ago, Tom Gibson alerted us to the presence today of busybody mirrors, also called spionnetje, that were staples on building around York, Pa., decades ago. We found one on West Market Street near Union Lutheran Church. Just yesterday, Tom pointed out that one was posted on a building on East Market Street. So the hunt was on, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve walked by this mirror, at 262 E. Market, scores of times on my way to the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 E. Market.

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York, Pa., loves its brick buildings. But do we know why they were built?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. Some buildings – such as this fortress-like building – you just motor right by, not knowing why they were built or what is in there now. Except that some readers did! Click on the … Continue reading

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York County’s Judicial Center opened 10 years ago. Can you believe it?

The entrance to the York County Judicial Center leads to a grand experience in the building’s tall atrium. The judicial center opened 10 years ago in October, 2014.

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Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill

At YorkTownSquare, we like to help you discover new places to explore, to increase your sense of discovery about York County and surrounding areas. This one comes from a surrounding area – Pylesville, Md., just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s Eden Mill, part of the Eden Mill Nature Center.

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Two York, Pa., events tell one theme: Individuals can affect change

Central Pennsylvania’s PennOwl Productions perform ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The role of the Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna River.’  The theater group will perform playwright Dorothy King’s production on Sept. 20 at York College. A presentation on the performance by King, a … Continue reading

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