Category Archives: Explanations/controversy

When trolley cars clanged all around York County, Pa.

One hundred years ago, York County’s trolley system stretched from Bittersville to the southeast to Dover in the northeast. Then from Littlestown in Adams County and Hanover in the southwest to Wrightsville in the east. Here in this special before-and-after slider is the trolley line toward Wrightsville. It shows a car on East Market Street at Harrrison Street in 1939, the year the last trolley ran in York County.

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5 history mysteries to test your York, Pa., smarts

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. York countians really like to talk about their towns. So when you put a YDR Facebook post up like the one above showing a borough or landmark, it people respond. In this case, readers … Continue reading

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And now … from The Dell, formerly of York, Pa.: Sixth annual ‘State of the Shady’ report

Tom Anderson of Shady Dell Music and Memories blog provided this photo from Gettysburg resident Phil Spangler of the house that later became teen hangout Shady Dell in Spring Garden Township. The hillside has change over the years, and the vastly remodeled Dell, closed for more than 20 years, is privately owned. But memories remain as found on Anderson’s blog.

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Williams Grove Speedway’s 75th birthday year: 6 links capture a big racing weekend

Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett captured fifth place in the Dash race this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway. The weekend brought together The World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. The YDR’s Chris Dunn captured this classic American scene suitable for Norman Rockwell, a speeding car, dirt track and attentive audience.

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Versatile Dempwolfs designed York, Pa., mansions – and carriage houses

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Charles Drawbaugh feted/History mystery rocks The work of Dianne Bowders appears again on YorkTownSquare. This one captures a familiar Dempwolf design in York, Pa. But not a mansion this time. Here is the York Township resident’s … Continue reading

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These 10 York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen, Part II

This photo does what it was meant to do: Capture York, Pa.’s, industrial might in World War II. With this many execs in command and the York Plan in high gear, the Allies would win against the Axis threat. (When … Continue reading

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These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen

One-room schools intrigue and captivate York countians. More work is needed to inventory and identify these 300 or more sturdy structures that were a way of life in York County, Pa., from the 1830s to the 1950s. Here is one such school. Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel studied the whereabouts of this old school, identified it as Snyder’s School. It was located off Route 216.

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Codorus Creek had swinging bridge, but ‘You couldn’t swing it much’

‘We kids would go up there on that swinging bridge in the summertime and, in between working hours, we’d dive off of the bridge into the creek or we’d make it swing. You couldn’t swing it much, but a little bit. We had great times there at that swinging bridge.’ Late in life, Raymond Sechrist provided these boyhood recollections of this swinging bridge.This tightly bound span provided a short cut for workers walking from North York to York Safe & Lock and back.

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It’s a History Mystery! Photos/stories score well on Facebook, other social media

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News.   Twice a day, seven days a week, I put up History Mystery photos on YDR’s Facebook page. One example is above and others below. I do this for several reasons YDR’s Facebook page … Continue reading

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Quiet Arles Park teaches active lessons about York, Pa.

This marker, with plaque, marks Arles Park in York, Pa.’s, east end. The plaque gives a brief history of the city park at East King and Pattison streets. It was dedicated in 1961, six years after the formation of York … Continue reading

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