Category Archives: Explanations/controversy

The scenes behind York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank/Citizens Bank building

The stained-art panels by noted York artist J. Horace Rudy hang in the old First National Bank building, aka Citizens National Bank. Developer Derek Dilks, who is acquiring the Continental Square building, opened the 1920s structure for a recent tour. Here, Cliff … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank building

This landmark Continental Square building in York started as First National Bank in the 1920s. It weathered the Depression and then its signs changed several times over the years. Citizens Bank was the last shingle to hang there, removed in 2012. Now developer Derek Dilks is looking to give the building new life, planning a restaurant and apartments. That would represent a major change of life and activity to York’s main square, which has experienced much life and activity since the town was founded in 1741.

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Blue Moon art over York’s Flowering Arts District: Surely, this is the city at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: The Star Barn in art/Farquhar Park pool in its heyday The blue moon was the talk of York County – and the world last night. Lorraine Updegraff , for example, wrote this on the York, Pa., Daily … Continue reading

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York’s and Harrisburg’s nightlife stories intersect and run parallel

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city, is busy at night. This is a scene that intersects and parallels with York, Pa.’s downtown story. About a decade ago, York was betting on nightclubs to spawn rebirth to replace loss of retail and other renaissance initiatives. That had worked in Harrisburg, and York’s leaders hoped for similar results. Well, nightclubs didn’t work in York, and actually, the nightclub phase has moved through Harrisburg, too, as this FlipSidePa.com story indicates. Now it’s a place for eateries and music. ‘It has become more attractive now for date night — young professionals going out for an evening for drinks and entertainment. We’re seeing more emphasis on the dining experiences and the variety of experiences that you can have along Second Street still fun, still great nightlife but not every other door is a nightclub,’ a visitors bureau official told FlipSide. You’re seeing some of that in York, too. It’s interesting to track changes in a downtown, and it might make sense to keep an eye on Harrisburg’s transition. York might follow the same path.

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New way of seeing York, Pa., Part 2: Rail trail opens up new vistas of city

Linked in/Neat stuff: Emig Mansion open house/Historians tour old bank building York, Pa., Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel wrote this view from the York County Heritage Rail Trail, north of York city (seen in background): ‘Moon, old willow, over the … Continue reading

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Renovating Abbottstown’s Peter Ickes House: Log construction discovery was a ‘thrilling experience’

James Fritz is a researcher and writer of history. And he lives in a 1700s house near the square in Adams County’s Abbottstown. ‘My new two story log and stone home was located near the town square and the stone half of the dwelling had all the hallmarks of an early structure of Pennsylvania German/Swiss heritage,’ he writes.

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These big mysterious, metal, mechanical machines went out of style in York County, Pa., a decade ago

This might seem like an easy History Mystery quiz, but it’s been about 10 years since these big metal boxes were taken out of service in York County, Pa. Time passes fast. They were sold in 2006 after their electronic replacements successfully operated earlier that year. So a partial generation of folks never had the opportunity to use these mechanical machines. OK, what are these?

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5 things to know about Red Lion’s grand Fairmount Park

This is the view across Red Lion’s Fairmount Park. That’s the community war memorial (see below) seen prominently in the photo. And there’s a playground in the background, right. A water park can be seen in background, left. The popular … Continue reading

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Original Yorkblog.com history writer now doing ‘something completely different’ a decade later

Also below: See photo of Saginaw’s Meadowbrook Pool, from Joan Concilio’s Only in York County blog Yorkblogger June Lloyd writes about a lot of interesting things in York County’s past. A specialty is to keep readers informed worldwide about Camp … Continue reading

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Downtown Hanover, Pa.: Here’s how a bird viewed ‘McAllistertown’s’ square 60 years ago

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: More support for WWII hero recognition/New museum in Quecreek This bird’s-eye view shows Hanover’s Center Square in the 1950s. The equestrian statue – the Picket – stood in the middle of the square in those days. … Continue reading

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