Category Archives: Delta Welsh quarryman

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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Found: One slate-roofed York County outhouse – Linked in with neat history stuff – July 10, 2011

York countian Dianne Bowders captures this image of a small slate-roofed outhouse in the woods behind the Coulsontown miners cottages. That outhouse, or one like it, was the subject of a query a couple of years ago from a Seattle … Continue reading

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Were the Welsh quarrymen from York County, Pa.’s, Delta-Peach Bottom region big readers?

York countian Dianne Bowders captures the interior of a quarryman’s cottage in the restored town of Coulsontown, Peach Bottom Township, in the southeastern tip of York County. She wrote in ‘Your Photos’, ydr.com’s reader-submitted photo section: “The interior of the … Continue reading

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Part II: Digging Route 74’s Dillsburg and Delta: Indiana Joneses searching for archeological jewels

This dig at a circa 1805 apartment building in Peach Bottom Township uncovered many artifacts, including this one found by Red Lion’s Leslie Martin. The building is believed to be the home of Welsh quarrymen before they built their own … Continue reading

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The Delta-Cardiff slate splitters? (It’s not a musical group.) Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – April 21, 2011

The annual Delta-Cardiff Heritage Festival is set for Saturday, April 30. A full slate of events are planned to demonstrate the Welsh mining culture of that area, illustrated here by an artisan splitting slate from a past festival. (See additional … Continue reading

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About Delta, Pa., VFW post’s name: ‘The story of John S. Murphy is representative of the cost’

Mari Morgan, left, who grew up in Wales, listens to Don Robinson talk about the interior of a Welsh quarrymen’s cottage in Coulsontown, Peach Bottom Township in this York Daily Record/Sunday News files photo from 2007. The cottages, built around … Continue reading

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