Category Archives: Nostalgia & memories

Where is the Susquehanna River’s Holtwood Dam? Part 2

On a rainy day before Thanksgiving in which snow is in the forecast, this sunny photograph might brightened the day for some readers. Don McClure captured this scene at sunrise several years ago. This wonderful area is remote enough that many York countians have never visited it. So where is Holtwood Dam on the long and broad Susquehanna River? The short answer: Travel the Norman Wood Bridge between York and Lancaster counties and look upriver.

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Check out your York Smarts about famous area athletes from the past

York countians value – and remember – their athletes. That’s particularly so when you quiz residents on those who excelled locally or nationally. This athlete and her accomplishments particularly resonated with York, Pa., Facebook fans who engaged with the quiz. One reason among many: She came back and became a popular coach. Test your York Smarts on this quiz, two other sports quizzes below as well as several quizzes on other topics. A good Thanksgiving Day pastime, as well.

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Everywhere you look in York County, Pa., you see a one-room school

This is a familiar former one-room school, sitting for decades along the York Road in Heidelberg Township. This has the look of a former one-room school, well-built and made of brick or stone. Schools in this area – the heavily German area of southwestern York County, were the last to become public. ‘Through the influence of Thaddeus Stevens and others, the Legislature passes an act to establish a system of public schools in Pennsylvania,’ a short history of one-room buildings in the York, Pa., Daily Record states in its 1834 entry. ‘A storm of opposition follows and the act is nearly repealed a year later. Districts are given the choice whether or not to accept and establish public schools. The law triggers the building of one-room schools in rural areas around the state during the next 50 years.’ After World War II, the 300 one-room buildings were consolidated into 50 new schools with multiple grades and classrooms. The number of school districts also came down – from 32 to 15. But the one-roomers are standing around York County today, used in a variety of way.

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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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Norman Wood Bridge at sunrise: Surely this is York County – actually Lancaster County – at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Hess trucks for sale/Synagogues in York Ah, the Norman Wood Bridge, seen before sunrise, several years ago, as captured by photographer Don McClure. It’s a beautiful span, high above the Susquehanna River. The bridge has a distinctively … Continue reading

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One weekend: Two new books on noted York County artists and their art unveiled

Cliff Satterthwaite is seen with some of his paintings displayed at the Colonial Courthouse recently. The event provided the introduction of a book of York scenes titled ‘Cliff Satterthwaite, York, Pennsylvania.’ Also of interest: Check out scores of Satterthwaite drawings … Continue reading

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‘A’ work now being done in improved York Haven one-room school

Steve Kohr, well-known for his ownership of the Shady Lane estate and his generosity in opening that East Manchester Township treasure to the public, is working on this 1895 schoolhouse at 3100 Grandview Drive, York Haven. ‘We reproduced the bell tower, slate roof, wood repairs, repointed stone w/ lime mortar …,’ he wrote on Facebook.

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Abraham Lincoln at Hanover Junction: In 1863 … and today

This shows one of York County’s most controversial photos, particularly relevant in this season in which Abraham Lincoln passed through Hanover Junction on his way to – and his return from – delivering his Gettysburg Address. Is that Abraham Lincoln in the stovepipe hat?

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History Mystery in York, Pa.: Can you place this scene, maybe from Conewago Creek?

This photograph appeared on the very interesting Hanover-area Facebook Page: If you grew up in Hanover, Pa you remember… . Someone called it to my attention, and my mind immediately placed the scene on the Conewago Creek near Manchester. Here was my initial response to the query for help: ‘I think this is mislabeled. This is probably Cold Springs Park on the Conewago Creek near Manchester. The Conewago is about that width there and across from Cold Springs Park was Elm Beach, a popular swimming spot. I provided a few links to support this: ‘Notice use of Conewago Summit here – and that area is known as Conewago Heights. Also, notice how similar the creek and sports activities look here with the trolley and swimmers and boaters. I hope I’m right, and invite comments on this below.

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Some York County photos are just hard to get: Check out your York history smarts

John F. M. Wolfe, a student of York County aviation, told the story of this painting. The painting was hanging in Warner’s warehouse but was not at eye level. So a photographer got up in a forklift to get this eye-level picture. It appears in John Wolfe’s ‘Profiles of Aviation.’ So that’s the back story. Can you answer this quiz and those below?

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