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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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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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Bells on Seminary Ridge will be heard across Gettysburg Battlefield

Every time you go to Gettysburg, there’s something new to see. In this case, to see and hear. These 1869-vintage bells have a new home of Seminary Ridge. ‘Intended to memorialize soldiers who have fought worldwide and missionaries who have spread the Gospel in peace, it is fitting that the bells are in front of the seminary’s Church of the Abiding Presence, reaching out to the fields that hosted the bloodiest battle fought on American soil,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover reported in: Seminary Bells ring for soldiers, missionaries. So you might hear them before you see them. When they ring, they’ll be heard across the battlefield.

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Bowling Green Speedway: Midget cars bottomed out on opening day at old racetrack

Linked in/Neat stuff: Playland skating rink/Camp Betty Washington Codorus Township is so quiet today that it’s hard to believe that that hundreds and hundreds of people would go to this remote part of York County to see auto racing on … Continue reading

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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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Highpoint, as few have seen it: At dawn during summer solstice

‘Local Lens’, a photo show to benefit Olivia’s House is tonight. The work of photographers from the York Daily Record and Hanover Evening Sun will be on display tonight and available for purchase.

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Picturing History recalls York, Pa.’s ‘second banana’ Hotel Penn

‘My interest in the Hotel Penn,’ Jim Hubley wrote in the York, Pa., Daily Record on Jan. 26, 1985, ‘goes back to when, as a tot, I was impressed with the long, long porch which fronted the building in the early 1920s. In summer the porch was filled with guests rocking away or nestled comfortably with with their feet resting atop the porch railing. To me, it represented the height of affluence.’

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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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Sunday School band disbands at Dallastown’s Bethlehem United Methodist

Bethlehem United Methodist Church’s Sunday School band played its last note recently. The Dallastown, Pa., band is shown here in 1960.

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