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This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best

Love this photo. Fireworks. Baseball. Community band. And one of York County’s most feted musical groups – the Spring Garden Band – at that. Where’s the apple pie? This is surely York County, Pa., at its best.

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Check out this bird’s-eye view of a young Susquehannock High School

This aerial view shows Susquehannock High School in its early years. The high school came as part of the consolidations of York County and other Pennsylvania schools in the 1950s. Interestingly, York-based Buchart-Horn/BASCO Associaties (as it’s known today) designed this school and many others around its home county. In company history ‘Breaking Ground,’ Georg Sheets’ list of B-H high school buildings includes: York Suburban, Central, Spring Grove, Eastern, Northeastern and Red Lion. Susquehannock’s grounds are instructive. Fissel’s, a one-room school put out of business by consolidation, was left standing near the state-of-the-art Susquehannock High School. So there’s an intriguing generational contrast.

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When trolley cars clanged all around York County, Pa.

One hundred years ago, York County’s trolley system stretched from Bittersville to the southeast to Dover in the northeast. Then from Littlestown in Adams County and Hanover in the southwest to Wrightsville in the east. Here in this special before-and-after slider is the trolley line toward Wrightsville. It shows a car on East Market Street at Harrrison Street in 1939, the year the last trolley ran in York County.

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And now … from The Dell, formerly of York, Pa.: Sixth annual ‘State of the Shady’ report

Tom Anderson of Shady Dell Music and Memories blog provided this photo from Gettysburg resident Phil Spangler of the house that later became teen hangout Shady Dell in Spring Garden Township. The hillside has change over the years, and the vastly remodeled Dell, closed for more than 20 years, is privately owned. But memories remain as found on Anderson’s blog.

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High Rock in York County, Pa. So, which High Rock is this?

Chris Otto tells us about all kinds of interesting things over at Papergreat.com. He found the High Rock postcard above. The question seems to be: Which York County, Pa., High Rock is it? Maybe one of you can help?

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Rosie the Riveter toiled in the Civil War, too

Women living in the Civil War era are getting their due in the popular re-enactments in Gettysburg and elsewhere in these 150 years of the war observances. One re-enactor in Gettysburg for the 151st anniversary of the battle likened Civil War contributions to those of ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ that symbol of women who worked on shop floors in World War II.

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From Texas to Dillsburg: Haar’s Drive-In livestreams Buffett concert on its big screen

Maybe it’s a form of adaptive reuse with an assist from technology. Haar’s Drive-in’s big screen stands in York County, Pa.’s Carroll Township showed captured a Jimmy Buffett concert in Texas, rather than a recently released flick. The drive-in, York County’s last one of the few in the region, installed digital equipment last year, positioning itself for such shows.

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York, Pa.’s, City Market’s stubborn tower toppled into Duke Street

‘Picturing History,’ captures the old York City Market, then and now. The Princess & Duke Street covered markethouse was the grandest of them all – even more than the still-standing Central Market. But it came down, as did many architecturally significant York, Pa., buildings in the demolition boom of the 1960 and 1970s. Many wonderful buildings coming down in those days made way for parking lots or gas stations. The sprawling City Market provided space for both.

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History mystery solved: The site of York County’s Shultz one-room school

Yorkblogger Stephen H. Smith provided this Bing.com bird’s-eye image the old Shultz schoolhouse, now a residence on the southeast corner of the intersection of Knights View and Trinity Church roads in Lower Windsor Township. He provided this research after a reader query.

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Fissel’s School: How students learned a lot in one room

This photo is part of the York Daily Record’s coverage of the open house at Fissel’s School in southern York County, Pa., last weekend.

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