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Old Towne East, Salem Square neighborhoods explored. Here’s a map of York City neighborhoods yet to come

This is a typical street in York, Pa. Rowhouses built for the working class a century ago. And as 100 years ago, a church serves as a staple in a neighborhood. Here, Tidings of Peace Christian School is seen at … Continue reading

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Digging York, Pa.’s old train station site from 10 different angles

A couple of diggers are starting archaeological work under the century-plus-year-old York, Pa., train station. This comes near the 150th anniversary of the stop of the Lincoln train at its predecessor station (drawing below of that station). York Daily Record/Sunday … Continue reading

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Historical marker to serve as 1 of York Water Co.’s 200th birthday candles

Linked in/Neat stuff: Boyhood home of Dominick Argento/Civil War fundraiser in Md. This is a neat photo from The Evening Sun’s Clare Becker. It looks like a three-eyed stoneheaded figure rising from the street. But as many know, this is … Continue reading

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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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Millard E. Gladfelter and Edgar Fahs Smith, of York, Pa.: Who were those guys?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. The achiever above and the man with the bow-tie below were both York countians and both educators, who gained success elsewhere. Both were absolutely at the top of their fields, 50 and 100 years … Continue reading

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J. Horace Rudy’s painting surfaces: His name imprinted on York, Pa.’s, arts memory

This J. Horace Rudy oil painting, owned by Derek Dilks, is dated 1924. The works of the longtime York artist of a century ago are still known – and valued – around York, Pa.

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Hanover Branch Railroad provided way to get iron ore to market – and Lincoln to Gettysburg

The late Roger Shaffer was an expert on his home area of Hanover Junction – and beyond. He left behind a body of work that tells us much about that important junction of the Hanover Branch Railroad and the Northern Central Railway (now the York County Heritage Rail Trail) and its successor railroads. The current edition of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society newsletter carries three articles penned by Shaffer that go beyond the well-known stories of how Abraham Lincoln passed to and from Gettysburg along this line. ‘The “Item” Review’ published this photo of an ore mine along the Hanover Branch that operated between 1850 and 1880. The Strickhouser Station stop along the Hanover Branch served as a shipping point for ore taken from such mines.

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Change is seen in small towns – and big – around York County, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: New owner for York Wallcovering/Historic Preservation matters Here’s Exhibit A indicating the transition of York County, Pa., from its industrial roots to a service and information economy. In this case, the example involves a cottage industry. Or … Continue reading

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Reflecting on J.W. Gitt’s Gazette and Daily and journalism in York, Pa.

J.W. Gitt owned The Gazette and Daily in York, Pa., for 55 years. His left-leaning tabloid is remembered today for its against-the-grain look at conservative-to-moderate York County, Pa., particularly in the post-World War II era through his closure of the … Continue reading

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Northern Maryland photographer: Chesapeake Bay ‘more solidly frozen than I’ve seen in thirty years’

‘The Bay is more solidly frozen than I’ve seen it in the thirty years I’ve live(d) around here,’ Maryland resident Don McClure wrote on Facebook about the region where the Susquehanna River meets up with the Chesapeake Bay. It was a cold February when Don McClure, a photographer whose work ofen has appeared on YorkTownSquare, wrote this. March is starting that way, too.

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