Category Archives: Local landmarks

‘Lewis Miller’s People:’ New book portrays 700-plus York countians in the 1800s

Donald Shelley, executive director of the Henry Ford Museum, said the 1966 publication of 19th-century York countian Lewis Miller’s work would provide a service for students and historians in opening up a new field of study in American social life, customs, arts and the like. His prediction came true. Now a complementary volume to that now out-of-print book is becoming available in the fall. ‘Lewis Miller’s People’ is a collection of more than 700 of Lewis Miller’s portraits in the collection of the York County Heritage Trust.

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Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna: From Havre de Grace, Md., to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Actress Monika Ross is seen in the character of York County’s Amanda Berry in the play ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad.’ Dr. Dorothy King, a York native, will present as discussion on PennOwl Production’s play on Sept. 6. A news release says the drama tells the story of three slaves traveled from Havre de Grace, Md. – where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay.

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York County’s major growth industry: warehousing and distribution

Warehousing has produced a large number of jobs in York County in recent years, and it has also produced the biggest buildings. Those large sprawling warehouses or distribution centers increasingly are dotting the Interstate 83 corridor. They tend to be low and spread out, although ES3′s distribution center, near the Strinestown exit, goes up and out. Just this week, auto parts maker Federal Mogul was in the news. The company will distribute its Champion spark plugs and Moog steering parts to East Coast customers from a 708-square-foot distribution center off the Emigsville exit in Manchester Township.

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How York Fair looked from the air in 1932

The York Fair Midway, behind the grandstand, is shown in this aerial photograph in 1932. Notice the number of livestock barns at right. Some of their footprint has been replaced by the now-Utz Arena. This scene was captured by Madison Bay Company of East Berlin. The York County Heritage Trust sold prints for years in its bookshop, but it was part of the neat things available this year – as in all years – at the Trust’s Book Blast.

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Now at 40, the Vigilant is the baby of York’s four fire stations

The Vigilant Fire Co. No. 1, in the 200 block of West Market Street, is 40 years old this year. Those four decades make it the newest among York, Pa.’s, fire stations. The ‘before’ photo in this set in the ‘Picturing History’ series shows the Vigilant in the 1970s before it came down along with its social hall. The ‘after’ photo shows it today.

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York building’s ornate entrance: ‘The marquee remains a topic of conversation’

In York, Pa.’s, South Queen Street neighborhood sits a building with a rather elaborate marquee. York Sunday News columnist Gordon Freireich has noticed this for years. So he explored why this building, in South Queen Street’s 100 block, sported such a facade. You can find Gordon’s educated guess about why the building bears the marquee below. But for now, it’s fair to point out that he’s not certain

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Lancaster County’s Wind Cave emits coolness more intense than car’s air conditioning

York County has so much history and just interesting natural and man-made history that it’s easy to forget that western Lancaster County’s stories tie into those on the west bank of the Susquehanna River. Lancaster County has Chickie’s Rock natural area and a town – Columbia – filled with the Turkey Hill Experience, the National Clock and Watch Museum and other attractions. Shenk’s Ferry glen is full of wildflowers. And now we learn from York Sunday News guest columnist Patricia Crider about the Wind Cave near Pequea, south of Columbia. The cave, she explains, resulted from shifting in the earth’s tectonic plates.

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How mills and mill dams have been forever part of York County life

York County, Pa., had more than 300 mills at one time. That means that its streams were crossed with more than 300 dams that backed up the creeks to supply the raceways that carried water to the mill wheels. Eight lowhead dams remain on area streams, although not all can be connected to mills. Conewago Creek’s Shady Nook Dam near the Davidsburg Road was built for recreational purposes in the 1930s. That dam made the news recently when it took the life of a York County boater.

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Penn Street Farmers Market: ‘What do we have to do to keep writing history in this place?’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Artist William Falkler passes away/Codorus Street reunites Jimmy Ilyes’ family has operated at Penn Street & Farmers Market for decades. He’s doing his best to boost the half-filled market house on York, Pa.’s west end. A York … Continue reading

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7 more history quizzes to test your York smarts

It’s interesting how quickly we forget those who have built this community. I regularly put up photographs of these achievers on YDR’s Facebook page. Sometimes, the people of accomplishment receive little recognition. You can tell by the low number of likes, comments and shares on Facebook. Still, it’s important for us to know these greats, so we’ll keep telling their stories on Facebook and on this blog.

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