Category Archives: Local landmarks

7 reasons why Indian Steps Museum stands as ‘an amazing place … in York County’

Indian Steps Museum, along the Susquehanna River in southeastern York County, Pa., is seen several years ago after heavy rains damaged the grounds. John E. Vandersloot, a York attorney, built what would become a York County landmark, in stages starting in 1910.

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York County’s Brook Leaf Tree House: ‘As kids, we all thought that was SO romantic

Before there was the Haines Shoe House, there was Brook Leaf Love Nest. The Shoe House (see below), now open as a bakery/ice cream shop under new management, followed the Love Nest as a honeymoon spot in York County, Pa. The Love Nest is long gone after a fire, but memories continue.

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Neff’s one-room school in Red Lion: ‘It’s dilapidated now. But it’s going to be really great soon’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Mud sale defined/Test your Glen Rock smarts Red Lion, Pa., students work on the old Neff School near the high school. That’s good practical education, for one thing. And this means the preservation of another one-room school. … Continue reading

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York’s old HiWay moviehouse: ‘I have heard many people speak fondly of the theater’

We’ve been tracking grand old facades, and here’s another great York, Pa., front – the HiWay Theatre in the 700 block of West Market Street. Notice the unguarded, unchained bicycles in this undated photo. And notice the signs for air conditioning, a popular feature of such venues before home units went in. The old theater building, sans facade remains standing and in productive use.

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Same shoe size, but Haines Shoe House is re-laced for the public to visit

You can see from the likes, shares and comments on this York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook post that the Haines Shoe House, under new ownership and selling baked goods and more, has caught the interest of the public. (Feel free to join in). Mahlon ‘Shoe Wizard’ Haines built the roadside wonder in 1948 to serve, among other things, as a honeymoon place. It has become a symbol of York County, one of those places that people like to drive to and marvel. Now, there’s more of a chance to drop in. The new owners have expanded the attraction’s hours, plan tours and, as important as anything, will serve York County-made Beck’s Ice Cream.

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Historical marker to serve as 1 of York Water Co.’s 200th birthday candles

Linked in/Neat stuff: Boyhood home of Dominick Argento/Civil War fundraiser in Md. This is a neat photo from The Evening Sun’s Clare Becker. It looks like a three-eyed stoneheaded figure rising from the street. But as many know, this is … Continue reading

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Obscure York plaque points to young, unsung hero of World War I

Reminders about our history is everywhere around York, Pa. Here’s one. This plate is affixed to the door in the former home of the Visiting Nurse Association in the 200 block of York’s East Market St. Those furnishings are long gone, VNA is operating elsewhere and the building is usefully deployed by Keystone Auctions. But this York Daily Record photo gives us an opportunity to bring forth word of this unsung hero of Jeannette Zinn. In this story about Jeannette Zinn, I wrote that a room was furnished in the Girls’ Club in York. It appears that the VNA played host to the Girls’ Club because here’s that room.

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AMP’s early story in Pennsylvania: Glen Rock cigar factory rolled into electronics plant

The former J. C. Winter Cigar factory at 18 Winter Avenue was the first AMP site in Pennsylvania. From there, AMP located its electronics and connector businesses in plants in small towns across York County’s landscape and other rural areas. … Continue reading

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‘Gateway to York Garden’ to command city’s busiest entrance

People call this green area that greets motorists heading into York City from the south many things. But grassy knoll seems to be a common name. Whatever its name, this WellSpan-owned property will be landscaped to the tune of $35,000 to become a major “Welcome to York” sign. This is York, Pa.’s, busiest entrance – the way taken by York Expo Center goers, York College students and thousands of others each day. The Rotary Club of York is erecting this big sign – “Gateway to York Garden” – as part of its 100th birthday in 2016.

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Millard E. Gladfelter and Edgar Fahs Smith, of York, Pa.: Who were those guys?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. The achiever above and the man with the bow-tie below were both York countians and both educators, who gained success elsewhere. Both were absolutely at the top of their fields, 50 and 100 years … Continue reading

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