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Shrewsbury Trotting and Driving Association’s track spread out on borough’s north side

The York Fairgrounds was not the only such track for harness racing in York County, Pa. This track, north of Shrewsbury, closed about 100 years ago. But in its day, it was a coming-together place for that part of southern … Continue reading

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Pa. orchards, vintage car, driver with pipe: Surely, this is York/Adams at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Is York’s downtown safe?/Where is this Vietnam memorial? There’s something about this photo by Clare Becker of the Evening Sun in Hanover that makes you pause to take it all in. And then pause to take in … Continue reading

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Atop Chickies Rock: The lower Susquehanna River’s No. 1 lookout post

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Digging Camp Security/Yorktowne Hotel’s lobby, 1956 Ah, the popular view of the Susquehanna River – and York County across the waterway – from Chickies Rock. This is looking upstream. Chickies Rock is named after the American Indian … Continue reading

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers as a post-war celebrity: ‘I was very excited and proud to get his autograph’

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers was not only a ranking general in the European Theater in World War II. After the war, this York County, Pa., native and four-star general became a celebrity around his home county. York countian Carole (Gosnell) Canonico, for one, collected his autograph, as seen here on her 1963 York High ‘Tattler’ cover page.

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East Hopewell’s Hyson one-room school’s owner: ‘I just want to fix it up historically’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Royal Square’s inside-out view/Ziegler family’s generations This scene from East Hopewell Township provides a study of two generations of one-room schools. The age of the older stone school, Hyson School, is being investigated, but it might go … Continue reading

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Royal Square extending its realm northward on Duke Street in York, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: Antique road show rolling in/Whitewater on the Susquehanna Not all Royal Square buildings are, well, in Royal Square. This one sits at 101 E. Market St., a short distance north from the Duke and King Street epicenter … Continue reading

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Finding significant Dempwolf design features in venerable York, Pa., church

Linked in/Neat stuff: Climbing Gettysburg’s Longstreet Tower/Murals of York quiz Charles H. Glatfelter writes in ‘York County Lutherans’ that St. John’s Church went up in 1875. Architectural specialist Terry Downs, who is looking at some of this building’s many significant … Continue reading

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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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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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