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Manna Pro grain elevator: How its demolition will feed change in York, Pa.

This tall Manna Pro grain elevator has formed part of York, Pa.’s skyline for decades. The city’s Redevelopment Authority is going after state funding to demolish this former agricultural center. One estimate places that job at $500,000. So let’s see what this says about change in York, Pa. A former grain elevator, representing county agriculture, is expendable. The city is looking to use the land for a possible hotel, given its proximity to the York Expo Center, aka the York Fairgrounds. The York County Agricultural Society, sold the land to the Redevelopment Authority. So we have the fair and its board, representative of the agricultural community for 250 years, selling a former agricultural asset to clear way for a hotel. An county agricultural economy, as old as the fair, is giving way to a recreational/tourism economy. The grain elevator and its planned demolition is a symbol of that change. Not that there’s a bad guy in this case. It’s change, and that often is good and needed.

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Scenic Hanover Junction: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture … on the Rail Trail’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Interest in Pennsylvania Furniture/Discovering Lititz Dover’s Teanna Byerts grabbed this scene along the York County Heritage Rail Trail in Hanover Junction. She writes this about the sculpture: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture at Hanover Junction on the Rail … Continue reading

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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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West Manchester Township’s village of Shiloh took its name from a nearby Union church

West Manchester’s Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church is portrayed by an unknown artist as it appeared in the early 1900s. The rendering was recently donated to the church as part of an anniversary celebration. Also of interest: Where did the trolley … Continue reading

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Remember the Mirrored Ball at York’s Bon-Ton? Know what became of it?

Check out these old photos from the 1940s through 1960s of downtown York, Pa., at Christmastime, and look for the Remember series story at http://www.ydr.com/remember.

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York, Pa.’s, skyline: Where was the photographer standing to get this one?

York, Pa., Daily Record photographers has been capturing some interesting outdoor photographs of high school sports all-star groups. This photo came from a different ‘shoot,’ providing the cover of the basketball preview tab. We’re presenting it here because this photograph is outstanding, literally, and its compelling setting, with those historic buildings in the background. So, let’s test your downtown York, Pa. What are the tall buildings at left, center and right? Also, where are the players and photographer, Kate Penn, standing?

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Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: True York County Crime, 1866/Hoke House’s history Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, … Continue reading

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Hyson School: One of oldest one-room schools in York County, state?

Doug Winemiller of the Stewartstown, Pa., Historical Society flagged Hyson’s School in East Hopewell Township as a one-room school of particular note. This photo of the Round Hill Church Road School appeared in the first in the series of the … Continue reading

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York Galleria 25 years old: Can you believe it?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Gettysburg Address quiz/Remembering Sears Roebuck At 25 (can you believe it?) and facing competition of all sorts, the York Galleria continues to change, as this thoughtful York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News story indicates. It faces competition from power shopping … Continue reading

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It’s ‘The Voice’s’ DaNica Shirey, from Tune Town, Pa.

A magazine spread circa 1950 about York, Pa., titled ‘Tune Town,’ said this about the photo above: ‘York’s crack Spring Garden Band, Lester K. Loucks conducting, strikes up a tune in Continental Square, the music town’s main crossroads. The boys own their own club building, make records, and play out-of-town dates.’

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