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Foustown, now a ghost town, captivates people

John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel photographed this house in Glen Rock-area’s Foustown on the day that the nearby distillery stack came down in 2012. The stack, which marked the old distillery town, was built to make alcohol in World War II, but … Continue reading

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This York County tractor ranked as high-tech – 100 years ago

At YorkTownSquare.com, we document the newest advances in farm machinery. Well, this might have been new 100 years ago. John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel, Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society, sent this in. ‘I attached another photo of some high-tech farm equipment on York County soil,’ Otts wrote. ‘Believed to have been taken in Shrewsbury Twp. near Kings School house. All I can make out is “The York” – ? – York, PA. Certainly looks high-tech for the day.’ Can you ID the maker of this tractor?

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7 images illustrate York County’s love affair with its cars

By now, YorkTownSquare.com readers know my interest in the Bowling Green Speedway and York County, Pa.’s, love affair with all things with two or four wheels. That love affair line comes from the York Daily Record’s former editor Dennis Hetzel. The BG Speedway clearly illustrates this relationship. In the middle of remote York County countryside, the speedway drew up to 8,000 fans and 130 cars, according to a recent YDR story about the racetrack revisited at a Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society meeting. The race track didn’t make it out of the mid-1950s, but a marker along Shaffer Church Road remembers its operation.

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Old York County dirt track brought sounds of revving engines, cheering fans to middle of no where

The long-abandoned Bowling Green Speedway’s oval is visible today from the air in this Google Map. This bird’s-eye view shows the rural nature of the old track. Noise from the racing cars and fans broke the peace of this rural area on race nights. Fans of the speedway and Glen Rock-area history will learn about that old dirt track at a Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society meeting this week.

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Bowling Green Speedway illustrates York County’s love affair with its cars

York County’s old Bowling Green Raceway will be remembered in an upcoming Glen Rock Historical Society program. The rural raceway is remembered by many as an attraction drawing thousands to rural York County 60 years ago. Joe Heisler will present.

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How Springettsbury’s Old East York became Old East York

Advent Lutheran Church, decorated for the Christmas 1952 season, stands in this York County, Pa., Heritage Trust photo on the western edge of the East York Historic District, but for years it has been central to neighborhood residents as a church home and nearby gathering place. It was dedicated as the Chapel of the Advent during Advent season, 1924. When the cornerstone for this building was laid in November 1940, the East York development was about two-thirds built out.

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If you stood in this York Township field today: ‘You’d be under water’

This is how Lake Redman looked before it was Lake Redman. Lureen Brown provided these photos of that snowy York Township countryside as it looked in 1961. This photo looks across the hill as it comes down from Jacobus. Five years later, lake waters flooded this land. The boat landing at Lake Redman is roughly where the big hill meets the ridge, left center. Lureen Brown said if you’d stand in that field today: ‘You’d be under water.’

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These 8 scenes show current and past York, Pa., bad weather moments

Pax and other bad weather events bring inconvenience, property damage or worse. But they also bring memorable photographs, such as this scene this morning on the streets of York Pa.

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Two photos, two generations of high-tech farm machinery on York County soil

This looks like a complicated farm machine, one among many exhibited at the Keystone Farm Show at the York, Pa., Expo Center earlier this month. The device, pulled behind a tractor, can harvest varied crops planted in varied row widths

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When the weather was nice and tobacco was king in York, Pa.

We’ll go back to a summer scene on this snowy day. Here, Norman Rishel is seen in this tobacco patch on his family’s Manchester Township farm. The tobacco was rolled into cigars in Emigsville, the closest village, according to Dianne Bowders, who provided this photo and information plus other photos to YDR.com’s online gallery Your Photos. Most of York County’s tobacco was grown in its eastern part, particularly along the river. So Emigsville would have fallen into that zone. One hundred years ago, cigarmaking from this tobacco and leaves imported from elsewhere formed York County’s largest industry.

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