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York, Pa.’s grand Lady Linden: The city house built by farm harvesting machinery

Yes, the Lady Linden. And a grand lady she is. Queen of The Avenues, a neighborhood that grew along the trolley line that ran from York, Pa.’s Continental Square to Dover. As this Picturing History slider shows, at left is the Lady Linden, an 1887 Queen Anne house on Linden Avenue in York, circa 1890. And at right, the Lady Linden, now a bed and breakfast, is seen in a late 2014. The Lady Linden’s website gives this brief history: ‘Lady Linden was built in 1887 for industrialist Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his business partner, Walker A. Dromgold, came to York from Perry County in 1878 to manufacture farm harvesting implements for steam tractors and horse drawn. Many of these items were of their own design and patent and were shipped to international destinations. They built their houses side by side with the same design footprint here on Linden Avenue and raised their families here. Both these gentlemen were very active in the community and family members remained here until 1920.”

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Mention Jacks in York, Pa., and you get memories

Mention Jacks and you get memories. Jane Black captured this scene of the popular downtown York,Pa., retailer Jacks in the late 1970s. Barry Black, a regular commenter on my Facebook page, posted this winsome scene and noted that his wife worked for Jacks. She honed her artist’s skills at York Academy in the 1970s. Judy Bono also commented on Facebook that the Jacks Store, pointing to two connections. Jacks brought her to York for a buying job and later her husband, Richard Bono, served as architect for the building’s restoration.

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Smithsonian, unexpectedly, finds this wasn’t a Gettysburg soldier’s skull

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s First Capital claim probed/Hanover’s Eagle Fire Station Remember this skull saved from the auction block in Maryland last year? It then was presented as that of a Civil War soldier. But tests by the Smithsonian have … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Tin Man ponders York, Pa.’s, past, present – and future?

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘Hex Hollow – A Documentary Film’/Hotsy Totsy Tuesday A conversation in the York, Pa., Daily Record newsroom centered on this piece of art in downtown York. The upshot of the talk about this cross between ‘The Thinker’ … Continue reading

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Mount Rose’s I-83 Interchange: A ground hog’s look under and a bird’s-eye view over this cloverleaf

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s dairies remembered/One fortunate groundhog You might have thought that Howard Tunnel was York County, Pa.’s, only railroad tunnel. Then York Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel shows another one (kind of) – the old Maryland and Pennsylvania’s … Continue reading

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Old Smyser-Royer building’s rebirth is one of York, Pa.’s, brightest success stories

Linked in/Neat stuff: Lefty George’s number?/Powwowing, Lancaster County style Artist Cliff Satterthwaite sent in this undated photograph from a color slide (remember those) of a mystery building. Well, the car in this picture indicates it was from the 1960s or 1970s. And … Continue reading

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Fire in hamlet of Sunnyburn damages Lower Chanceford landmark

Linked in/Neat stuff: Helb’s family remembered/Grammy gift bags made in Hanover When you see an old building this large in a rural area, you know it has an interesting past. A fire elevated this Lower Chanceford building into the news … Continue reading

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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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