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This mystery photo of a country scene surely shows York County at its best, Part 4

York County, Pa., has many scenes such as this, but you have to take a second to pull the vehicle off the road to enjoy them. Don McClure did just that, with a camera in his hand, and in so doing, he captured this wonderful country scene.

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Newberry Street great for York snow photos: ‘You have a hill, a curve, and interesting architecture’

This York, Pa., scene from weekend storm went viral on the York Daily Record’s Facebook page and beyond – and rightfully so. The color is gorgeous. YDR photographer Paul Kuehnel responded to the more than 600 ‘likes’ and comments: ‘Newberry St. is a favorite snow place for me. You have a hill, a curve, and interesting architecture.’ When asked what provided the red in this photo, Paul emailed back that he believes its a hawthorne berry or some other type of berry. ‘I liked the green car contrast,’ he wrote.

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How you can absorb Peach Bottom/Delta Welsh culture in a Sunday afternoon

You might recognize this distinctive door and stonework as part of the front of a Welsh miners’ cottage in Peach Bottom Township, Pa. Tours of a Coulsontown cottage will be offered as part of the Delta Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 8.

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Delta-Peach Bottom slate splitter (say that fast 3 times) coming to Stewartstown

Author and historian Roger Wilson will demo the practice of slate splitting (say that fast three times) at a Stewartstown, Pa., Historical Society demonstration on May 8. Wilson will talk about the Welsh and their slate quarrying in the Delta-Peach Bottom area in the 19th century.

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Welsh brought unique culture to corner of York County: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Sept. 5, 2012

Yorktownsquare.com covers the old Gettysburg Cyclorama, what’s left of Foustown’s smokestack and Delta’s Old Line Museum.

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How should the newest lake in York County be used?

No, this is not Crater Lake in the Northwest. It sits in West Manchester Township, in a former quarry. In other places, abandoned quarries have been used as amusement parks, recreational lakes, nature preserves and botanical gardens. What do you … Continue reading

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York County slate mining 21st-century style: Linked in with neat history stuff, Feb. 6, 2012

  Slate mining was a primary occupation among the Welsh in southeastern York County, Pa., from about 1850 to World War I. But here Joey L. Wildasin of Joey L. Wildasin Slate Roofing mines slates in a different way. He … Continue reading

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Trestles, tunnels, swimming pools: Bringing together a rich assortment of Ma & Pa Railroad memories

This Maryland and Pennsylvania Circular, No. 116, officially creates a flag stop at Spangler’s swimming pool. This recreational spot later became Springwood Park  at mile post 71.5 on the railroad.  Many people today remember the York Township pool with its … Continue reading

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Part II: The origin of ‘Peach Bottom’ is unknown, but its name is everywhere in southeastern York County

Students walks around an African-American Cemetery in Peach Bottom Township in York County’s southeastern corner on a cleanup mission. Also of interest: Photographer tramps to far reaches of York County and Were the Welsh quarrymen from York County, Pa.’s, Delta-Peach … Continue reading

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The origin of ‘Peach Bottom’ is unknown, but its name is everywhere in southeastern York County

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is just one of the southeastern York County, Pa., entities that appropriated the Peach Bottom name. (See second photograph from Peach Bottom Township below.) Also of interest: Stone structures tell York countians how their ancestors … Continue reading

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