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New word here: spionnetje. And they were once all around York, Pa.

York County’s Tom Gibson recalls this spionnetje or spying mirrors was mounted on the south side of York’s East Market Street, maybe the 300 or 400 block. He captured this scene about three or four years ago and doesn’t know if it’s still there.

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York County’s history mystery school: Where did this old clapboard one-room school sit?

Some day, we’ll post photos of all former one-room schools in York County, Pa. Well, we might not get them all, but when we run across them, we like putting them up on here. Here’s one submitted to the York Daily Record. Can you locate it?

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If you stood in this York Township field today: ‘You’d be under water’

This is how Lake Redman looked before it was Lake Redman. Lureen Brown provided these photos of that snowy York Township countryside as it looked in 1961. This photo looks across the hill as it comes down from Jacobus. Five years later, lake waters flooded this land. The boat landing at Lake Redman is roughly where the big hill meets the ridge, left center. Lureen Brown said if you’d stand in that field today: ‘You’d be under water.’

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Nasty York County weather brings 7 bright – and sad – news coverage moments

The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Kate Penn captured this Norman Rockwell-type scene. Wintry weather did not deter this Valentine Day diners at this downtown York eatery. Count this as the first of several photos or videos capturing another day of a winter of snowstorms.

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These 8 scenes show current and past York, Pa., bad weather moments

Pax and other bad weather events bring inconvenience, property damage or worse. But they also bring memorable photographs, such as this scene this morning on the streets of York Pa.

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Want a wax figure from the Civil War? Paraffin soldiers to be auctioned off in Gettysburg

This is pretty darn interesting. The Gettysburg Heritage Center, still known to many as the American Civil War Wax Museum, is doing some remodeling so some older exhibits will be auctioned. That includes many wax figures. Those lifelike artifacts would give you pause if you ran across one in somebody’s dark basement. ‘The paraffin soldiers of the American Civil War Wax Museum at the edge of the Gettysburg battlefield have stood stiff guard over the past for more than 50 years,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover report. ‘But the frozen tableaux are melting away, to be auctioned off to make way for the more fluid, interactive history of the 21st century.’

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Trees, trains and chainsaws merge in Stewartstown, Pa.

Volunteers often work on historic Stewartstown Railroad’s station and rail line on weekends in this southeastern York County town. So in the aftermath of last week’s ice storm, they saw up branches that came down atop the station. It was just a different way of working on the railroad,

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Icepocalypse or Treepocalypse? Either way, crews still are carving up big trees

Fire and ice? This photograph about sums up Icepocalypse, the storm that has left thousands of York countians without power even today, three days after this week’s storm. Jane Lindhorn submitted this photo to YDR.com’s Your Photos gallery. ‘A fallen branch contacted the power line and burned,’ she wrote.

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Besser’s, on the Susquehanna Trail, a favorite pitstop for motorists

Besser’s, a major restaurant, lodging spot along the trail south of Loganville, must have been marketing minded. People have postcards showing the camp from all angles in their collections. “Received this postcard from a local resident,” Doug Winemiller of Stewartstown Historical Society, wrote. “I have no idea of the date.”

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Seven Gates of Hell and Toad Road, Part III: A history mystery of mythical proportions

The movie ‘Toad Road’ just recently made it back into the news because it’s now available on DVD. That news might not have shaken the world, but York countians noticed after that bit of news was posted on YDR’s Facebook page. (See below). That’s news in York County, Pa., because the Toad Road film draws from a mythical place in a rural area of eastern York County associated with the Seven Gates of Hell, an urban legend oversized for even that species of tall tales.

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