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York Fair 250: Civil War’s Worth Infantry band one of many entertainers to play at the fair

The Worth Infantry , a York County, Pa., unit captained by John Hay, was an early responder after the Confederate firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. Scott Mingus writes in his Cannonball blog that the unit was formed before the … Continue reading

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Lafayette Club’s murals could expose York, Pa., history to a different audience

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Yorktowne Hotel for sale/Hake brothers in WW II Gordon Freireich’s recent York Sunday News column reminds you that there’s a treasure on the walls of the Lafayette Club. Murals of York in 1825, courtesy of the … Continue reading

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This closed-down mystery drive-in theater in Southcentral Pennsylvania begs you to stop and take a look

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Leno visited Harley-Davidson/Artist William Wagner’s seal Seeing something like this around Southcentral Pa. for the first time will cause some lovers of history and nostalgia to pull over and take a look. And pull out your … Continue reading

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Thomasville-area’s Biesecker’s Mill: ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it’

Biesecker’s Mill is one of the most architecturally interesting mills standing in York County, Pa., today. An adaptive reuse plan to convert it into apartments is in limbo, though. ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it. So we’re kind of stuck here,’ owner Eric Bickleman told the York Daily Record. The rangy, pre-Civil War mill measures in at 17,000-square-feet. So with its future unclear (a GoFundMe site is set up), we’ll look at its past. The book ‘Millers’ Tales’ gives these facts about the mill. Products made there in its milling days: White Lily and White Swan flour, Yorko Dog Food, Golden Corn mill. Types of milling done there: grist, saw and distillery. The Biesecker in the name comes from one of its owners, John Biesecker

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Sears, Roebuck in York, Pa.: The retailer was an early adopter of the move to suburbia

Linked in/Neat stuff: New use for Lafayette Club/Broad Street Market’s night hours Ah, yes, the old Sears building on West Market Street, York, Pa., as seen in this York County Heritage Trust photo. Its many signs make sure there’s no … Continue reading

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About artifacts in Hanover’s Clarks Shoe exhibit: ‘I have enough to fill it three times’

Many readers here will remember going downtown on a Saturday to buy shoes and other clothes. That day seems to have passed with retailers selling their stuff mainly in the suburbs. That’s mainly. In Hanover, you can still shop for shoes on a Saturday and other days to the week. Clarks Shoes, known as Clarks Bostonian Outlet, is open on the square, and there’s another dose of nostalgia now awaiting visitors. A local collector and Clarks employee Donald Hamme has put up a display of Hanover Shoes relics. Hamme told The Evening Sun in Hanover that when Harper “H.D.” Sheppard and Clinton “C.N.” Myers founded Hanover Shoes in 1899, the company’s motto at that time was to provide “the greatest shoe value on Earth.” Now Clarks customers get an extra value, a case exhibit showing memorabilia, courtesy of Donald Hamme. ‘I have enough to fill it three times,’ Hamme told the Evening Sun.

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York, Pa: ‘Colonial, industrial and modern.’ Surely, this is York, Pa., at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Downed York airman remembered/New home for York Factory Whistle? The York Daily Record’s Mark Walters captured this busy scene. And there’s a lot to take in. The circa-1741 half-timber Golden Plough Tavern is part of the Colonial … Continue reading

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Adaptive reuse in York County, Pa., of an above ground/underground musical kind

Linked in/Neat stuff: Stewartstown’s new caboose/Jeeps return home in World War II Let’s just call it a form of adaptive reuse, reshaping an old site with a different purpose from its original use. Here we have the Sign of the … Continue reading

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‘We’re surrounded by beautiful buildings': Surely, this is York, Pa., at its best

The parking garage across from Central Market is what it is – a cement two story deck. But its upper deck provides a vantage point to show off York City, as this thread on Fixing York’s Facebook page attests. Michael Edmonds posted this memorable view as part of that discussion with the comment: ‘Parked there yesterday and snapped this picture. We’re surrounded by beautiful buildings in York.’

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York, Pa.’s ‘Welcome/Do Not Enter’ eastern gateway: ‘Talk about mixed messages’

The question has come up before. How can a welcoming city tell westbound motorists on the old Lincoln Highway to ‘Do Not Enter.’ And it’s a good question. And it was raised by someone, York Sunday News columnist Gordon Freireich, who is a leader in an organization, York Rotary, who is doing something about York’s greetings to motorists. Rotary’s ‘Welcome to York’ monument greets motorists moving into York from the south.

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