Category Archives: Susquehanna, waterways

Thomasville-area’s Biesecker’s Mill: ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it’

Biesecker’s Mill is one of the most architecturally interesting mills standing in York County, Pa., today. An adaptive reuse plan to convert it into apartments is in limbo, though. ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it. So we’re kind of stuck here,’ owner Eric Bickleman told the York Daily Record. The rangy, pre-Civil War mill measures in at 17,000-square-feet. So with its future unclear (a GoFundMe site is set up), we’ll look at its past. The book ‘Millers’ Tales’ gives these facts about the mill. Products made there in its milling days: White Lily and White Swan flour, Yorko Dog Food, Golden Corn mill. Types of milling done there: grist, saw and distillery. The Biesecker in the name comes from one of its owners, John Biesecker

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York County, Pa.: Discover these 5 neat places in your own backyard

This is a scene awaiting discovery in York County, Pa. This falls is near the preserved Lock 12 on the long-gone Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal in southeastern York County. Here’s a map of the old lock area. And a photo of the lock.

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Original Yorkblog.com history writer now doing ‘something completely different’ a decade later

Also below: See photo of Saginaw’s Meadowbrook Pool, from Joan Concilio’s Only in York County blog Yorkblogger June Lloyd writes about a lot of interesting things in York County’s past. A specialty is to keep readers informed worldwide about Camp … Continue reading

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6 more cool, unsung York/Adams, Pa., sites to discover and explore

This unsung site is hardly off the beaten track, as many often-overlooked places are. But Gettysburg’s square should not be forgotten as a place to spend time on those treasured trips to the Gettysburg National Military Park and other attractions. The visitors center is now farther away from this crossroads, but remember that this part of Gettysburg saw fighting, too. And there are museums, shops linked up to the Civil War and prime restaurants within walking distance. In fact, the must-see National Cemetery, with its Lincoln connections, and nearby Ziegler’s Grove, with its Pickett Charge links, are a reasonable walk from this square, seen here from the roof of the Gettysburg Hotel.

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Obscure WeCo plaque reflects early days of York City’s development rebirth

Linked in/Neat stuff: York Safe & Lock file damaged/Mayflies in history? This plaque, affixed to this 234 W. Market St.  building  in York, Pa.’s WeCo district, hangs there in plain sight. And it details the life and accomplishments of high … Continue reading

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A Vacation Bible School scene in Old Towne East neighborhood: Surely this is York, Pa., at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Susquehanna River cottages endangered/Inside-outside at Indian Steps ‘It’s like a #Mennonite model show in #iloveyorkcity. Props to @ydrcom journalist @walt_walters for pointing this out,’ York, Pa., Daily Record photographer Jason Plotkin wrote in a tweet. Those photographed … Continue reading

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YorkTownSquare.com stories you like best: 10 most-viewed posts so far in 2015

The Red Lion Country Club’s banquet hall erupts in flames in February, as captured by  Yoe Fire Company Deputy Chief Grant Gouker. News and analysis about this fire attracted widespread interest, demonstrated by a No. 4 ranking among all YorkTownSquare.com … Continue reading

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Like York City scenes, old York County postcards and Dempwolf architectural drawings? Check out these digital collections

This postcard is part of the York County, Pa., Heritage Trust’s extensive postcard collection – more than 1,300 of them – that is now online. They join these recently posted collections: Bibles, Dempwolf architectural drawings and York City Streets and Alleys images available via this search. These are not the first collections available on the Heritage Trust’s website. But they are certain to be popular topics for researchers and fans of county history. Yorkblogger June Lloyd’s, retired Heritage Trust archivist, assesses these recently posted online collections below.

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That was Tropical Storm Agnes: ‘My mother-in-law … they took her out of the second story window by boat’

This History Mystery quiz captured the interest of York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook readers. It reached more than 50,000 and attracted, 268 likes, 134 comments and 226 shares. One commenter remembered:  ‘My mother-in-law lived on the corner and they took her … Continue reading

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The Big Conewago, Part II: Creek serves as physical, symbolic divider of York County culture

The Conewago Creek has long drawn campers, lodging in small tents and in organized camps such as the Boy Scouts’ Camp Ganoga. Athletic director Don Roehm, seen here, leads Boy Scouts in exercises in 1921. George Prowell’s ‘History of York County’ … Continue reading

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