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7 reasons why Indian Steps Museum stands as ‘an amazing place … in York County’

Indian Steps Museum, along the Susquehanna River in southeastern York County, Pa., is seen several years ago after heavy rains damaged the grounds. John E. Vandersloot, a York attorney, built what would become a York County landmark, in stages starting in 1910.

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Visitors to York County, Pa.: Don’t be like the British and let a town fool you

This is the scene in the square of St. Michaels, Md., occupied by cannon, plaques and the St. Michaels Museum. This small  grassy area is tucked into a neighborhood, and its attractions beckon to visitors to spend time there. Also … Continue reading

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York’s old HiWay moviehouse: ‘I have heard many people speak fondly of the theater’

We’ve been tracking grand old facades, and here’s another great York, Pa., front – the HiWay Theatre in the 700 block of West Market Street. Notice the unguarded, unchained bicycles in this undated photo. And notice the signs for air conditioning, a popular feature of such venues before home units went in. The old theater building, sans facade remains standing and in productive use.

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U.A. Whitaker’s AMP plant in Glen Rock, Pa.: ‘The landscape reminded him of the rural Midwest’

Picturing History examines this obscure building in Glen Rock, Pa. Actually, it’s has an interesting past as an early home to AMP in Pennsylvania. AMP moved work to Glen Rock in 1941, according to Jeffrey L. Rodengen’s ‘The Legenda of AMP’. He wrote, ‘… (Owner U.A.) Whitaker contracted with Paul Shepperd owner of a factory in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, just south of York. White was familiar with the town from his American Machine and Foundry days, when AMF had its Glen Mixer Division there, and he liked the area. The landscape reminded him of the rural Midwest, where he was raised, and the local workers seemed to adhere to a traditional work ethic.’ The photo at left shows Glen Rock’s AMP plant in the 1940s or 1950s. At right, Baumiller Automatic Screw & Precision Machined Parts operates today on the site of the former AMP plant.

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Royal Square projects taking a kingly spot in York, Pa., headlines

The stories just keep peeling off the press – and appearing online – about Royal Square Development’s projects around the city. The most recent proposal calls for beautification in Royal Square’s original district in and around Duke and King streets. … Continue reading

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York County Science Fair, founded in 1984, gives winners a chance to become ‘rock stars’

The York County Science and Engineering Fair has become a rite of March in York County, Pa., Schools. It follows the school fairs, so it features the best of the best. A York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News stories recounts the story of the fair, which goes back to 1984. Thought that was the fair’s first year, it doesn’t mean science instruction wasn’t done in York County Schools. Check out the list of prominent scientists who come from York County, many with international reputations, as proof. One science teacher told the YDR that some York County students have moved to the national level – ‘a rare chance for kids to be treated like “rock stars.”

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Mention Jacks in York, Pa., and you get memories

Mention Jacks and you get memories. Jane Black captured this scene of the popular downtown York,Pa., retailer Jacks in the late 1970s. Barry Black, a regular commenter on my Facebook page, posted this winsome scene and noted that his wife worked for Jacks. She honed her artist’s skills at York Academy in the 1970s. Judy Bono also commented on Facebook that the Jacks Store, pointing to two connections. Jacks brought her to York for a buying job and later her husband, Richard Bono, served as architect for the building’s restoration.

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Red Lion Country Club: A short history of this longtime landmark, damaged by fire today

An early morning fire badly damaged the old Red Lion Country Club building.This 1956 clipping, from York County Heritage Trust files, shows one of the improvements to the York Township building. Like the Hanover Country Club’s Abbottown location, the Red Lion Country Club has sat on land originally purchased in 1937. The club has not operated as such for several years and is currently owned – and placed up for sale – by the Red Lion School District.

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York County, Pa., mystery artifacts: Can you ID this puzzling stuff from days gone by

This plaque comes from the old Ganoga Bridge that carried the Susquehanna Trail across the Conewago Creek near Strinestown, York County, Pa. The beautiful bridge is gone, replaced by a new kind of sterile modern structure. The old bridge displayed plaque on each end and 12 light standards representing the 12 Boy Scout laws as a tie-in to the nearby Boy Scout camp of the same name. One of the plaques is the property of Boy Scout Camp Tuckahoe. The other, pictured here, is part of the York County Heritage Trust’s collection. It’s also one of six questions that are part of a quiz of such items under Heritage Trust ownership. So we’ve given you one answer. See how you do on the other five!

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Thoughtful Tin Man ponders York, Pa.’s, past, present – and future?

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘Hex Hollow – A Documentary Film’/Hotsy Totsy Tuesday A conversation in the York, Pa., Daily Record newsroom centered on this piece of art in downtown York. The upshot of the talk about this cross between ‘The Thinker’ … Continue reading

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