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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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York, Pa.’s grand Lady Linden: The city house built by farm harvesting machinery

Yes, the Lady Linden. And a grand lady she is. Queen of The Avenues, a neighborhood that grew along the trolley line that ran from York, Pa.’s Continental Square to Dover. As this Picturing History slider shows, at left is the Lady Linden, an 1887 Queen Anne house on Linden Avenue in York, circa 1890. And at right, the Lady Linden, now a bed and breakfast, is seen in a late 2014. The Lady Linden’s website gives this brief history: ‘Lady Linden was built in 1887 for industrialist Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his business partner, Walker A. Dromgold, came to York from Perry County in 1878 to manufacture farm harvesting implements for steam tractors and horse drawn. Many of these items were of their own design and patent and were shipped to international destinations. They built their houses side by side with the same design footprint here on Linden Avenue and raised their families here. Both these gentlemen were very active in the community and family members remained here until 1920.”

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Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Co. has protected ‘the Rock’ since 1901 – before-and-after views

Linked in/Neat stuff: Cold Springs Park recalled/Young George Washington on mural +++ The Glen Rock, Pa., Hose and Ladder Co.’s engine house was completed in 1904. This home base for the fire company, ‘Protector of the Rock since 1901’ as … Continue reading

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Picturing History: How a Jacobus building changed from selling caskets and everyday furniture to antique accessories

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s Factory Whistle/Glen Rock’s Carolers Picturing History: Grey Beard’s Antiques in Jacobus, formerly Leader Furniture http://t.co/hZVDj0J6cq — YDR online (@ydrcom) December 27, 2014 ‘Picturing History,’ YDR.com’s before-and-after, then-and-now series took to the road, to Jacobus, Pa. The … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln at Hanover Junction: In 1863 … and today

This shows one of York County’s most controversial photos, particularly relevant in this season in which Abraham Lincoln passed through Hanover Junction on his way to – and his return from – delivering his Gettysburg Address. Is that Abraham Lincoln in the stovepipe hat?

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Is this York County, Pa.’s most recognizable farmhouse?

The Avalong farmhouse, now Christmas Tree Hill, in Springettsbury Township. The Willis House near Prospect Hill Cemetery. Forry Loucks Mansion, now Lauxmont’s farmhouse. Those are a some recognizable farmhouses around York County, Pa. But this modest house might be York County’s most recognizable farmhouse, although it didn’t gain that fame from farming. It was isolated, located in a hollow in the county’s backwoods, but is known to many. Can you ID this place?

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York, Pa.’s, unforgettable landmark: Lincoln Highway Garage

Linked in/Neat stuff: Digging at Camp Security/Question about one-room  school The Lincoln Highway Garage was an often-photographed landmark in the York area. And why not? It went back to the early days of the Lincoln Highway, opening for business in … Continue reading

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How Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Earl Shaffer gripped the ‘Mane of Life’

Linked in/Neat stuff: 1969 riots revisited/The old swimming hole Earl Shaffer, a York native, is credited as the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Here he is seen in 1948, at the northern end of the trail, Mount Katahdin … Continue reading

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How Kiwanis Lake has changed since it was developed in 1952

‘Picturing History’ captures a then & now scene from Kiwanis Lake. Sometimes, Kiwanis Lake is mushed in with nearby Farquhar Park. But this list from the City of York separates it out among the 25 parks listed on its website. Check out that list of 25. How many parks have you visited?

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